King County prosecutors on Thursday charged a Level 2 sex offender with indecent liberties in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a homeless woman in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park last week.
Marcus Jim II, 28, was also charged with failing to register as a sex offender, court records show. Jim, who was convicted of third-degree rape in Yakima in 2006, was ordered to register for 10 years but has failed to do so since December 2011, roughly two years after moving to Seattle, charging papers say.
He remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $160,000 bail, jail records show.
Jim is accused of sexually touching a 26-year-old woman under her shorts as she lay passed out on the grass around 7:30 p.m. on July 15, charging documents say. A witness saw Jim lay behind the alleged victim, pull down his pants and either have sex or attempt to have sex with the woman, according to the charges. When the witness confronted Jim, Jim claimed he was the woman’s friend before quickly trying to leave the park, the charges say. The witness called police and was able to flag down an officer, who arrested Jim.
The victim was unaware she had been assaulted, according to the charges.
The charging documents point out that the rape Jim committed in 2005 has “facts very similar to those presented here.” In the earlier case, the female victim “was sleeping outside on the ground when the defendant approached and pulled down her pants. The victim awoke and attempted to resist. The defendant forcibly raped her and physically assaulted her with a stick.”