Search continues for rapist who cut GPS tracking anklet

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — State Department of Corrections officials and area law enforcement officers continued Tuesday to seek a convicted sex offender who cut off his GPS tracking bracelet last week and has not been seen since.

Philip Curtis Shelly, 52, was convicted of first-degree rape of a child in 1998 and released from prison in 2009.

He was required to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet as part of his conditions of release while he lived at his last known address: the Rivera Inn on East Front Street in downtown Port Angeles.

He reportedly cut the bracelet off Friday morning and dropped it in a mailbox near the corner Laurel and Front streets, according to the Department of Corrections, which has issued a statewide warrant for his arrest.

Shelly is white, has hazel eyes and brown hair, stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs between 140 and 165 pounds, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

He is listed as a Level 2 sex offender, which means he is considered at moderate risk for reoffending, on the Clallam County sex-offender registry at http://tinyurl.com/ShellyOffender.

May be headed to Graham

Shelly is known to hitchhike, the Sheriff's Office has said, adding that there was a possibility he was heading to Graham in Pierce County.

On Tuesday, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Norah West and Ron Cameron, sheriff's chief criminal deputy, said the search continues.

“We're continuing to hit the bricks and see if there's any news on the street,” Cameron said.

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 05. 2013 5:49PM
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