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Seattle’s alleged Victoria Clipper pirate is Capitol Hill registered sex offender

The Pirates Are Coming!,
originally uploaded by ERIK98122.

Note: This very cool pirate bus does not belong
to the Victoria Clipper pirate!

The man who allegedly celebrated his 33rd birthday by commandeering an empty Victoria Clipper vessel on the waterfront and causing a big stir with SPD and the Coast Guard is a Capitol Hill local. West Seattle Blog reports that Samuel McDonough is a sex offender registered to the lightly populated address “Pike/Broadway”:

He is a registered sex offender named Samuel McDonough, address listed as Pike/Broadway (Capitol Hill); his most recent sexually motivated crime, records show, involved indecent exposure outside a coffee stand in Issaquah last year. We’re still checking publicly available records to look for any West Seattle links. His page (with photo) on the sex-offender registry is here.

SPD reports “the suspect will be booked into the King County Jail for yet-to-be-determined charges (piracy or grand theft vessel).”

UPDATE: McDonough’s bail has been set at $200,000 following a Monday afternoon court appearance. He is being held in the King County Jail on investigation of burglary, reckless endangerment and malicious mischief. Police say he was also wanted on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

(Image: Bryan Cohen for CHS)

(Image: Bryan Cohen for CHS)

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4 thoughts on “Seattle’s alleged Victoria Clipper pirate is Capitol Hill registered sex offender

  1. Indecent exposure isn’t typically a Class III sexual offense. That, most serious, category is typically reserved for violent offenses against strangers/children. That suggests he had a previous sex offense conviction and imprisonment, as well as the imprisonment for indecent exposure (and he’s only 33). He was convicted for indecent exposure on 9/28/12 but is already released (perhaps credited for time served before conviction?).

    Suggests that there is more to the story.

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