A man charged with groping a woman on a downtown Seattle street pleaded not guilty Friday in the King County Jail courtroom.
Daryl R. Sharma, 36, a level 3 sex offender, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is charged with one count of assault with sexual motivation, a gross misdemeanor.
Sharma has an extensive history of gropings and is on state Department of Corrections supervision.
Julia Marquand, 28, said she was walking near Westlake Park on Oct. 12 when a man groped her as she entered a store. She yelled at him and he “nervously” apologized before quickly walking off.
Marquand said she later confronted the man again and took his picture.
She reported the incident to Seattle police, but didn’t think the officer took her seriously.
Marquand posted the man’s photo on her Twitter and Facebook accounts, writing, “This dude groped me in Seattle yesterday. Cops didn’t want the pic.” In her tweet, she mentioned SPD’s Twitter handle and that of a few media outlets.
DOC officers recognized the photo posted by Marquand and arrested Sharma on Oct. 15. His DOC-mandated GPS bracelet indicated he had violated his probation by being in a Seattle park and being out past his curfew, said DOC spokeswoman Norah West.
Court records show that Sharma has a long history of groping strangers.