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Rapist Ched Evans released after serving half his prison sentence

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Former Welsh international footballer Ched Evans was today released from prison after serving just half of his prison term for rape. He was sentenced to 5 years in jail back in 2012 after being found guilty of raping a 19 year old girl in a hotel back in 2011.

Evans walked out of Wymott Prison in Lancashire today a free man and he has maintained his innocence ever since he was convicted. A statement on his official website today marked the occasion and reads "Today at 5am he was released from custody and will continue the fight to clear his name." The banner across the top of the homepage also reads "Ched Evans was wrongly convicted of rape on 20th April 2012".

As a result of his conviction, his club Sheffield United released him from his contract with immediate effect. Current Blades boss Nigel Clough has indicated that he would consider bringing Evans back into the fold saying “We've had one or two discussions and the owners will make a decision on it." An online petition has been circulating in a bid to prevent him to returning to work as a professional footballer with the Blades with more than 150,000 names supporting it.

Both Evans’ sister Kylie Evans and his girlfriend Natasha Massey made an appearance on ITV’s This Morning Show. They both strongly denied that he was guilty of rape and vowed to stand by him through everything. Massey said that she has forgiven him for cheating on her and said that she knows Evans "wouldn’t be capable of committing a crime like that." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2792301/girlfriend-ched-evans-rapist-footballer-centre-judy-finnigan-loose-women-furore-says-s-forgiven-cheating-stand-man.html#ixzz3GPwDLOOI Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The statement on www.chedevans.com also went on to announce “Next week Ched will make a very personal and profound statement by video which will be on his site and available for use by the media should they choose to do so. Ched is now adjusting to normal life after serving a sentence for a crime consistently denied.” Followers of the case will eagerly await what Evans will have to say publicly.

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