Man charged in Myrtle Edwards sexual assault claims to be God

Man charged in Myrtle Edwards sexual assault claims to be God
Coty Kelly

SEATTLE -- The convicted sex offender who sexually assaulted a woman last week in Myrtle Edwards Park claims he did so because he is God and wants to release the shackles placed on womankind by Jesus, according to documents filed with King County Superior Court. He has been charged with indecent liberties.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the 39-year-old victim was exercising in the park when she saw Coty Kelly, 25, looking unstable and possibly urinating nearby.

When the victim tried to run to a more populated area of the park, Kelly chased after her and knocked her to the ground, according to police. Kelly then reportedly pulled down the victim's pants and fondled her before walking away.

Witnesses to the attack called 911, and Kelly was arrested nearby.

According to police, Kelly later told a detective that he is God and attacked the victim to free womankind from the shackles put on them by Jesus, who is actually Satan.

He said Jesus is the one who made much of mankind look negatively on sex, and the only way to release womankind was to engage a woman in a traumatic sexual situation, according to police.

Kelly reportedly told the detective he knew what he was doing was illegal and that he wants to go to prison, where he will garner more power to destroy his enemies.

Police earlier reported Kelly claimed he was trying to remove racism from inside the victim.

In 2011, Kelly was convicted for rape, two counts of assault and criminal trespass.

He followed two women into a restroom at Pike Place Market and exposed himself to them, leading to the criminal trespass conviction.

Kelly exposed himself to a 17-year-old woman in Thurston County before strangling and sexually assaulting her, leading to the other convictions.

According to charging documents, Kelly was arrested a few days after that incident when he made sexual comments to a barista and shook her hand while his hand was covered in suspected ejaculate.

At the time of the Myrtle Edwards Park assault, Kelly was wanted on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender in Pierce County.

Kelly is being held on $500,000 bail.