A Seattle woman used social media to shame a suspected groper.
Julia Marquand, 28, took photos of alleged sex-offender Daryl Sharma, who reportedly walked up to the woman on an empty sidewalk and touched her inappropriately, the Daily Mail reports.
She followed her alleged groper and used her cellphone to snap photos as he apparently tried to apologize in what she believes was “damage control.”
Police identified him as being under Department of Corrections supervision, but while reporting the assault, officers would not take Marquand’s images as evidence.
“I had no idea this would happen. I had 13 followers on Twitter when I started this,” Marquand told Q13 Fox.
The Seattle Police Department acknowledged Marquand's frustration and confirmed a detective was contacted by DOC officers after they identified the man in photos the victim uploaded to her Twitter account.
Sharma is said to have a history of groping, including grabbing a woman’s breasts at Seattle’s University Village shopping center in 2011 as she sat on a bench, and grabbing another woman in 2002 on the University of Washington campus, the Seattle Times reports.
Sharma was convicted twice in 2003 on assault charges for rubbing himself against a woman and grabbing the buttocks of another woman he didn’t know.
He is being held at the King County Jail for violating probation after his actions were noticed on Twitter.
Seattle PD issued the following statement:
SPD Sexual Assault detectives and Department of Corrections (DOC) officers have identified a person of interest in a weekend assault on a woman in downtown Seattle.
This person of interest is currently being held at the King County Jail for a violation of his DOC supervision.
Police began investigating the incident after a woman contacted an officer at the West Precinct on October 12th to report a man groped the woman as she walked down the street near Westlake Park.
The victim photographed the man before contacting police at the West Precinct.
A West Precinct officer documented the incident, including a detailed description of the suspect, but did not collect the victim's photograph of the suspect at the time of the report.
The victim, understandably frustrated by the incident, pro-actively circulated a photo of the man via social media, along with an account of her experience reporting the incident.
DOC officers contacted SPD detectives about the case after recognizing the man in the photo as a level III sex offender on DOC supervision.
Police are still investigating the case, but are working to confirm a connection between the man identified by DOC officers and the Westlake incident.