Police charge sex offender in Tacoma YMCA incident

Staff writerNovember 6, 2013 

A Level 1 sex offender accused of inappropriately touching young boys in a Tacoma YMCA locker room has been charged with first-degree attempted child molestation.

A bench warrant was issued Friday for Brian Scott Coleman, who has two convictions for sexual abuse from 2008 and was rated a Level 1 offender, considered the least likely to reoffend.

Pierce County prosecutors said Coleman, 53, told police in June he was out of state and they have been unable to contact him since. 

According to charging papers:

A woman told police May 20 that her 7½-year-old son had said a man touched him in the locker room of the YMCA at 1002 Pearl St. after the boy’s swim lesson May 18. Her son said the man rubbed soap on the boy’s back, and tried to walk him to a bathroom stall.

The boy said the man also put soap on a friend, also a child.

Police contacted the YMCA early in the investigation, and an on-duty manager pulled surveillance footage that showed Coleman entering the locker room about that time, according to the prosecutor’s office. 

YMCA officials told Coleman on May 23 that his membership was suspended.

The boy identified Coleman from a series of photos police showed him in June.

YMCA spokeswoman Michelle LaRue said the organization cross references its membership roster with the database of Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders every three months, and that lifeguards monitor the locker rooms during peak hours.

“We did work with the police immediately,” she said. “The safety of children is of utmost importance to us.”

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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