King County prosecutors claim Michael D. Murray stared at a woman waiting in the lobby of a Kent Department of Social and Health Services office as he pleasured himself there on Nov. 6. He has been charged indecent exposure, a crime he's with which he's been convicted twice.
Murray, 53, has been convicted of more serious sex crimes on three occasions, most recently in early 2011 when he admitted to groping a sleeping woman at Seattle's Downtown Emergency Shelter. He was recently released from state prison and - before his arrest at least - was considered a high risk to offend again.
At noon the day of the incident, Kent Police officers were called to the DSHS office on West Meeker Street following a report of a man masturbating there.
Responding officers spoke with the alleged victim, who described the incident in detail and later identified Murray as her assailant, a Kent officer said in a statement to the court.
Speaking with police, the woman said she was seated in the lobby when she noticed Murray standing near a bathroom door. She glanced at him, the police officer told the court, and then snapped back when she saw he was fondling himself.
"He was looking right at me," the woman told police.
"I was very bothered by it," she continued. "And shocked!"
Murray fled the building and was arrested minutes later on foot nearby, the officer continued.
The officer noted Murray was suspected in a similar incident at a Kent bus stop but was not prosecuted because the witness could not be located.
Murray was convicted last year of indecent liberties in an August 2010 incident at the Seattle shelter.
A woman napping in the Emergency Shelter common room woke to find Murray's hand on her groin. She screamed, Murray was detained and later charged with indecent liberties; he subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in state prison.
Murray was released weeks ago from Monroe Correctional Complex after serving his full term. The Kent officer noted Murray was not eligible for early release because of his "continued sexual misconduct behaviors while incarcerated."
Murray was also twice convicted in Utah of lewdness involving a child. While the details of those convictions were not immediately available, the Utah statute suggests Murray either exposed himself to children or had sex in their view.
Charged with a single felony count of indecent exposure, Murray remains jailed on $25,000 bail. He has not yet entered a plea.