Attack at Myrtle Edwards Park was religious act, says sex offender
A convicted sex offender accused of fondling a woman at Myrtle Edwards Park on Sunday morning told Seattle police that he was acting out religiously.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A convicted sex offender accused of fondling a woman at Myrtle Edwards Park on Sunday told Seattle police that he was God and that the attack was religious in nature, according to charging documents.
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, officers found Kelly in a parking garage near the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park, according to police.
Kelly was charged Tuesday with indecent liberties, a felony. He is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The victim, 39, told police that she first noticed Kelly as he was urinating in the park Sunday morning. When he headed in her direction, she “stepped up her pace,” according to the charges.
The woman told police that 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 fondled her, according to the charges. After about 30 seconds, he released his hold on her and walked away, the charges allege.
After his arrest, Kelly told investigators that he is the “Prodigal Son” who wanted to “release all womankind from the shackles imposed on them by Jesus,” charges said. He told police that sexually assaulting a woman gives him a type of energy transfer, according to the charging documents.
Kelly told police that he wants to go to prison because there “he will be able to garner even more power with which he will eventually destroy his enemies,” charges said.
Kelly has previous convictions for third-degree rape, second-degree assault, strangulation, fourth-degree assault and criminal trespassing. Kelly was released from prison last year after serving time for a Thurston County rape.
In 2011, Kelly raped a 17-year-old girl at a bus stop and sexually assaulted a barista.
When Kelly was arrested after the Myrtle Edwards Park 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 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. 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.
Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.
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