Police: Sex offender caught assaulting woman in church

SEATTLE -- A 37-year-old Level 2 sex offender has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in church Sunday morning.

Police say Aaron Little was sitting behind the victim during 9:30 a.m. church services at St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral. When the victim's row stood up, the man reached over and lifted the woman's skirt to peer underneath, SPD spokeswoman Renee Witt said.

The victim didn't realize what happened, but several of the victim's relatives did and immediately took the man out of the church through the front door.

But before those relatives could return to the church, the man slipped back inside through a side door, went over to the victim and lifted up her skirt again -- only this time, the man sexually assaulted the woman, Witt said.

Aaron LittleThe woman ran away and her relatives again caught up to the man, holding him until officers could arrive.

Witt said the man claimed to officers he had mental health problems and was taking medications, but officers learned he was a registered sex offender and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of rape.

The sex offender registry lists Little as a level two threat based on a conviction for assault to commit rape out of California more than a decade ago.