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Sex offender charged with luring

A 23-year-old Pierce County man convicted of child rape was charged with luring a minor in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday after allegedly trying to entice two South Kitsap elementary school students into his car while they waited at a school bus stop on Wednesday morning.

Nathan Jared Percy, a Key Peninsula resident and Level 1 sex offender, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after Pierce County authorities recognized his car as being involved in the incident several hours earlier.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began at approximately 8:15 a.m. while the victims were waiting at a bus stop on the 7900 block of Bethel-Burley Road.

The girls, both 10 and students at Hidden Creek Elementary School, said the suspect drove past them in a red sports car — later identified as a 1993 Honda Civic two-door coupe — then turned around and stopped the vehicle next to them in the street.

The man then reportedly stated concern that they were cold and asked the girls to get into his car, but they refused and he drove away, they said.

About a minute later, however, the girls said the man drove back and stopped near them again, watching them.

This time the girls said they ran home and told one of their parents about the incident.

Based on the girls’ description of the suspect — which included the car’s license plate number — Percy was arrested by Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies shortly after 3 p.m. after his vehicle was seen headed toward Key Peninsula.

According to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson, Percy is a Level 1 registered sex offender after having been convicted of first-degree rape of a child in 1998.

He lives near Key Center on the Key Peninsula.

At Percy’s arraignment on Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Dee Boughton told Judge Leonard Costello that he was “troubled” by the allegations against the defendant, which included statements from the girls that they believed he was masturbating inside his car when he approached them.

“He poses a tremendous danger to the community,” said Boughton, requesting that Costello leave Percy’s bail amount at $100,000.

Costello agreed, stating that due to Percy’s criminal history, his “seven previous warrants” and the nature of the current allegations, he believed the bail was appropriate.

Percy’s trial date is Nov. 16, with an omnibus hearing scheduled for Oct. 13.

According to Wilson, in addition to the child rape conviction, Percy also has felony convictions for residential burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Before this week, his most recent arrest occurred in Pierce County on Aug. 5, 2005, for fourth-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and for interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

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