Suspect reportedly attended victim's Halloween party before Raleigh sex assault
Posted November 12, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A man accused of sexually assaulting a North Carolina State University student at her home last month had been at a Halloween party there hours earlier, a friend of the victim said Wednesday.
Pierre Ulysses Coley, 26, faces one felony count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree sexual offense in connection with the Oct. 31 early-morning break-in near campus.
Brittany Shore, a friend of the victim who was at the home at the time of the alleged crimes, said the 20-year-old woman awoke around 5 a.m. to Coley lying next to her in bed with his hand in her pants.
The woman screamed, Shore said, and Coley ran from the house.
Shore said Coley had been at the party, which ended around 2 a.m., but was asked to leave when he wanted to spend the night and no one knew him.
Another woman living at the home, Shore added, also reported awaking earlier that morning to Coley standing over her bed. Unaware of who was in the room, she screamed at him, and he left, Shore said.
The women called police and filed a report, Shore said, but it was not until last week that the friends were able to identify the man as being Coley.
Shore said that they saw his photo in a news article about his arrest last week in an Oct. 12 case in which he allegedly used a cellphone to record up a woman's skirt at a local Target.
In that case, he was jailed under a $15,000 bond on a felony charge of secret peeping.
His bond was increased to $215,000 when he was arrested on the latest charges Tuesday.
According to court records, Coley pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor charges of secret peeping – a Wake County case from last year and a Nash County case in 2012 – and received 127 days in jail with credit for time served.
His name is not on North Carolina's sex offender registry, however, because a conviction on the charge does not automatically require it. A 2004 law, however, does allow a judge to require a defendant to register after two or more peeping convictions.