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December 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Felony charge filed in attack at Myrtle Edwards Park


Coty Durand Kelly (Washington State Department of Corrections photo)

A convicted sex offender accused of fondling a woman at Myrtle Edwards Park on Sunday morning has been charged with indecent liberties, a felony.

Coty Durand Kelly, 25, was arrested after several people dialed 911 to report that a man was chasing people around the waterfront park. After talking with witnesses, police found Kelly in a parking garage near the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park, according to police.

The victim, 39, told police that Kelly ran up from behind her, tackled her and sexually assaulted her when she was out for a walk, according to the charges, which were filed Tuesday. The woman told police that she first noticed Kelly because he was urinating in the park.

When he headed in her direction, she “stepped up her pace,” according to the charges. The woman told police that she needed to get away from the man, so she ran toward a more populated part of the park. The victim looked over her shoulder and saw Kelly following her, charges allege.

“Suddenly, however, without warning, [the woman] was grabbed from behind and pushed to her knees,” charges said.

Kelly assaulted her, according to the charges. After about 30 seconds, the man released his hold on her and walked away. Two witnesses yelled at Kelly and dialed 911. These witnesses identified the suspect for police, charging documents said.

When interviewed by police, Kelly told investigators he is the “Prodigal Son” who wanted to “release all womankind from the shackles imposed on them by Jesus,” charges said.

Kelly was released last year after serving prison time in a 2011 Thurston County case. News accounts from that case show that in early October of that year Kelly was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a bus stop and sexually assaulting a barista. He pleaded guilty to the multiple charges in 2012, court records show.

When Kelly was arrested for the Myrtle Edwards attack he already was wanted on a state Department of Corrections (DOC) warrant for failing to report to his community corrections officer. In addition, a no-bail felony warrant had been issued for him on Dec. 12 in Pierce County for failing to register as a sex offender in the 2011 case.

DOC spokesman Chad Lewis said Kelly was supposed to report July 2 and failed to do so. His GPS device and cellphone went dead about the same time, according to court documents.

Kelly had been under DOC supervision since being released from prison this past December.

Kelly is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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