Sex offender faces charges this Friday on failing to register

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A convicted sex offender with a history of failing to register with local law enforcement will face a fresh set of charges in Clallam County on Friday after he allegedly cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet in February and was caught a month later in Seattle.

Philip — also known as Phillip — Curtis Shelly, 52, will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday in Clallam County Superior Court on one count each of failure to register as a sex offender and escape from community custody, both class C felonies, after being charged March 6.

The first count carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and a fine of no greater than $20,000, while the second count carries a five-year-maximum prison sentence and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Shelly has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender two previous times in Clallam County, most recently in April 2012 and before that in June 2010, according to Clallam County Superior Court documents.

Shelly was booked into the Clallam County jail Monday and remained there Wednesday on $250,000 bail after he was transferred from the King County jail.

Arrested in March

He had been held in King County since his arrest March 1 in Seattle by U.S. Marshals Service officers, who had received a request for help in finding him from the Port Angeles Police Department and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Shelly cut off his court-ordered tracking bracelet Feb. 2 and dropped it in a downtown Port Angeles mailbox, triggering a state Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest.

Shelly is a level-two sex offender, which means he has a moderate risk of offending. He had pleaded guilty in 1998 to one count of first-degree rape of a 3-year-old child in Clallam County and was released in 2009.

Shelly already has served 30 days in the King County jail for five violations of state Department of Corrections conditions of supervision, said Gerald Brown, a Port Angeles-based Department of Corrections officer supervising Shelly.

The violations are separate from the March 6 Clallam County Superior Court charges.

Cutting off his tracking bracelet is one of five conditions of supervision Shelly violated, said Brown in a report filed with Shelly’s charging documents.

Shelly was required to wear a global positioning system monitoring bracelet beginning Nov. 14 after he served 30 days for leaving Clallam County, reportedly to work at a county fair in Pacific County, Brown said.

The monitoring device was needed because Shelly was homeless, Brown said, which also meant Shelly was required to report daily to the Department of Corrections and weekly to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

Shelly was required to participate in sexual deviancy treatment starting Nov. 14 but did not show up for treatment, Brown said.

Facebook account

Brown said Shelly accessed the Internet, which he was not allowed to do, at the end of last January and created a Facebook account.

“A look at Shelly’s Facebook page revealed that he had ‘friended’ over one hundred people,” Brown wrote.

“Some of them appeared to be underage females from Asian countries.”

Shelly also reportedly had in his possession a device capable of accessing the Internet and a smartphone, and stayed for a few hours at an address in Port Angeles without informing the Department of Corrections, Brown wrote, both of which were in violation of his conditions of supervision.

Brown described Shelly as “devious and manipulative.”

“[Shelly] constantly informs me that he will not lie to me and that I don’t need to worry about him,” Brown wrote.

“In truth I do worry a great deal about [Shelly].”

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

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