Warrant issued for convicted sex offender after he cuts off ankle monitoring bracelet

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A convicted sex offender living in Port Angeles still had an active warrant out for his arrest Saturday, after cutting off his GPS-monitoring ankle bracelet the day before and dropping it in a Port Angeles mailbox, state Department of Corrections officials said.

Phillip Curtis Shelly, convicted of first-degree rape of a child in 1998 and released from prison in 2009, cut off his tracking bracelet at about 6:50 a.m. Friday, according to an email alert sent out by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

The state Department of Corrections was working with area law enforcement to find Shelly on Saturday, said Chad Lewis, spokesman.

Lorraine Shore, Community Policing Services coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office, said the office received notice of a warrant for Shelly’s arrest from Gerald Brown, a state Department of Corrections community corrections officer based in Port Angeles.

Brown, who previously was assigned to Shelly, sent notice of the warrant to all local law enforcement agencies Friday morning when he came into his Armory Square office and saw a computer alert saying Shelly’s bracelet had been removed.

Shelly, 52, is white, has brown hair and hazel eyes, stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds now, authorities said, although he was listed as weighing 165 pounds on the sex offender registry.

Shelly has been known to hitchhike in the past, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, which said Friday he could be on his way to Graham in Pierce County.

He is listed as a level-two sex offender, which means he is considered at moderate risk for re-offending, on the Clallam County sex-offender registry.

Shelly’s last known address was the Riviera Inn on East Front Street, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Brown said Shelly appeared to have removed his tracking bracelet near the intersection of Laurel and Front streets in downtown Port Angeles and dropped the device in a mailbox near there.

Shelly knew Department of Corrections officers were looking for him because of a few minor violations of his conditions of supervision, Brown said.

“The main one was, he was using the Internet, and he’s not allowed to do that,” Brown said.

The sex-offender registry lists seven aliases for Shelly. They are Chris Monscrat, Shelly R. Monscrat, Chris Monscrot, Shelly R. Monscrot, Chris Monserat, Philip C. Shelly and Rick Shelly.

To see Shelly’s listing on the registry, visit http://tinyurl.com/ShellyOffender.

The Sheriff’s Office advised anyone who sees Shelly not to approach him and instead phone 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers immediately.

Information on his whereabouts can be given to the Sheriff’s Office by phoning 360-417-2459.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: February 02. 2013 6:32PM
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