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Suspect reportedly attended victim's Halloween party before Raleigh sex assault

Posted November 12, 2014

Pierre Ulysses Coley appears in a Wake County courtroom on Nov. 12, 2014, after his arrest on a felony secret peeping charge.

— 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.


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  • christinebbd Nov 13, 2014

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    You're mistaken. The article says the 2 young ladies didn't know who he was until they saw his picture in the paper for the peeping at Target. Now that the police can connect all 3 he now is being charged with all 3. The police,, "this state", are doing a good job here.

  • Joe Simpson Nov 13, 2014
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    "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."

    So a woman living in a house with other women finds a strange man standing over her bed in the middle of the night, screams at him, he walks out of her room, and rather than alerting the other members of the house or calling the police, she apparently just goes back to sleep, leaving him free to wander the house and assault another resident?

    In what the heck kind of environment does one have to live in order for this to seem to be a reasonable course of action?

  • Pepe Silvia Nov 13, 2014

    This guy is a total creep and he needs to in jail - for a long time. He is a sexual predator and should not be allowed in the general public! It is only a matter of time before he escalates.

  • nobodyknow420 Nov 13, 2014

    what is with this state???! You get three strikes before anyone really cares that you are committing sexual offenses?? Were these laws created inside NC prisons by rapists? Why do they get so many chances? So confused!!!