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Sex offender arrested in attempted rape of Lakewood foot masseuse

A convicted sex offender wearing nothing but his GPS ankle monitor tried to rape a masseuse at a foot massage parlor on Halloween, Lakewood police reported.

Samuel Sparks, 30, was charged Thursday with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and indecent liberties. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail pending trial.

Pierce County prosecutors allege Sparks entered the Imperial Foot Massage at 9205 South Tacoma Way about 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 31 and asked for a massage.

He was escorted to a room and asked to wait for a few minutes. A female employee returned to the room to find the man naked, police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

When she tried to give him a towel to cover himself, he attacked her and tried to force her onto the massage table, Lawler said. The woman broke free and ran out of the room with the man in pursuit. She eventually ran outside and hid, Lawler said.

A surveillance system inside the business captured much of the action. Video showed a naked man wearing what “appeared to be a GPS monitoring bracelet on his leg” running after the woman and grabbing her, Lawler said.

Police culled photographs of the attacker from the surveillance video and circulated them to local law enforcement agencies. A state Department of Corrections worker recognized the man as Sparks, a convicted sex offender who had failed to check in with authorities, Lawler said.

Corrections officials checked the GPS history of the Sparks’ ankle bracelet. It showed he’d been in the vicinity of the massage parlor at the time of the alleged attack, Lawler said.

Police arrested Sparks at his job Wednesday and booked him into jail on suspicion of rape and kidnapping.

Sparks declined to make a statement to police.

He has previous convictions for kidnapping with sexual motivation, indecent liberties and indecent exposure. He served time in prison before being confined for five years at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island before being released last year, records show.

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