Crime

Sex offender charged with attacking other predator on McNeil Island

A sex offender with alleged plans to become a serial killer of other sex offenders pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he attacked a fellow resident at the state’s center for sexually violent predators.

Timothy Leon Cannon, 47, is charged with second-degree assault, and was ordered held without bail. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

Cannon is accused of throwing hot water on another sex offender’s face after they bumped into each other in September at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

He then repeatedly punched the second man, who suffered second-degree burns and blisters, as he was on the ground, according to charging papers.

Cannon was taken to solitary confinement and allegedly said it “felt good” to beat up the man, who is hard of hearing, and wanted to get back to state prison, to “be around some real convicts, not (child molesters).”

The alleged assault happened the same month King County prosecutors petitioned to hold Cannon at the SCC, writing that he had repeatedly expressed plans to become a serial killer of other sex offenders, and to sell videos of the assaults.

Cannon has multiple convictions for sexual violence and assault, including against family members. He’d been in prison for 24 years, and had committed three felony crimes during that time and had 400 serious infractions, the prosecutors said.

The assault charge could amount to Cannon’s third strike, according to court records, and could lead to him being confined to prison for life.

He pleaded guilty to shanking serial rapist Kevin Coe in 1994 at the state prison in Walla Walla.

Coe, known as the South Hill Rapist, was convicted of multiple rapes in Spokane in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He and needed 100 stitches after Cannon attacked him.

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