Sex offender pleads guilty in failing to register for third time

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A convicted sex offender with a history of failing to register with the state will serve a little more than a year and a half in prison after cutting off his tracking bracelet and going on the lam for a month earlier this year.

Philip Curtis Shelly, 52, pleaded guilty last week to one count of failing to register as a sex offender with a prior sex offense, his third failure-to-register guilty plea since 2010.

Shelly, who lives in Port Angeles, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison and 36 months of community custody, according to documents filed in Clallam County Superior Court.

Shelly also must pay $1,300 in court fees and penalties.

This most recent count of failing to register as a sex offender stems from Shelly cutting off his satellite-tracking ankle bracelet, which he was required by law to wear, and dropping it into a downtown Port Angeles mailbox Feb. 2.

One month later

Shelly was found a month later in Seattle by U.S. Marshals Service officers after the Port Angeles Police Department and Clallam County Sheriff’s Office requested help in finding him.

Shelly, who had pleaded guilty to two separate failure-to-register charges in 2010 and 2012, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a 3-year-old child in Clallam County in 1998.

Shelly was released from prison on the first-degree-child-rape charge in 2009 and was required to register as a sex offender.


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

Last modified: May 25. 2013 5:12PM
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