Level 1 sex offender pleads not guilty in incident at Pearl YMCA

Staff writerNovember 27, 2013 

A Level 1 sex offender pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegations he inappropriately touched young boys in a Tacoma YMCA locker room.

Brian Scott Coleman, 53, is charged with first-degree attempted child molestation.

According to charging papers, a 7½-year-old boy told police that Coleman touched him in the locker room May 18 at the 1002 Pearl St. YMCA after a swim lesson. He said the man rubbed soap on his back, tried to walk him into a bathroom stall and also put soap on a friend of the boy.

Police contacted the YMCA and were shown surveillance footage of Coleman entering the locker room about the time following the swim lesson,  according to the prosecutor’s office. The boy identified Coleman from a series of photos police showed him.

Coleman told police in June that he was out of state, and they hadn’t been able to reach him since.

Two deputies flew to Amarillo, Texas, on Nov. 25 to retrieve Coleman when they were told he had been jailed there for the Pierce County warrant, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Commissioner Meagan Foley set Coleman’s bail at $500,000, and he is prohibited from having contact with minors if released pending trial.

Level 1 sex offenders are those considered least likely to reoffend.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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