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Convicted Rapist Freed In State Drug Lab Scandal Now A Fugitive

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Marcus Pixley. (Photo courtesy: Suffolk County D.A.)

Marcus Pixley. (Photo courtesy: Suffolk County D.A.)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A convicted rapist, released because of the state drug lab scandal, may be on the run.

A warrant for the arrest of 52-year-old Marcus Pixley was ordered Thursday by a judge hearing his drug case.

Pixley is currently charged with selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer in February 2011.

Suffolk County prosecutors’ argued against Pixley’s release when his case came up last month.

The cocaine in that case was tested by former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan, who is at the center of the scandal that forced Governor Patrick to shut down the lab in August.

Pixley’s bail was lowered from $5,000 to $1,000, which he posted.

But, Pixley skipped out on hearings in his case Wednesday and Thursday.

His criminal record dates back to 1977, with convictions for rape, armed robbery and assault and battery.

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