Sex offender caught after sexually assaulting a woman in church

Sex offender arrested. This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., the suspect was sitting behind the 25- year- old female victim during church services in the 400 block of Yale Av N. The row that the victim was in stood up and when they did the suspect reached over and lifted the victim’s skirt to look underneath.

The victim did not know what had happened. However, several of the victim’s relatives saw this and immediately escorted the suspect out through the front of the church. Before the relatives could return to the church, the suspect slipped back into the church through a side door.

The suspect went over and immediately sat next to the victim and once again lifted up her skirt but this time he sexually assaulted the woman. The victim was able to get away from the suspect and the victim’s male relatives returned to the suspect and this time held him for police.

Officers responded and the suspect told the officers that he has mental health problems and is taking medications for such. During the course of the investigation the officers learned that the suspect is a registered sex offender.

The 37-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Rape.