Seattle Police say a registered sex offender was arrested after sexually assaulting a woman during a church service on Sunday.

Police say at about 9:30 a.m., the suspect was sitting behind the 25-year-old woman during church services in the 400 block of Yale Av N. The row that the victim was in stood up and when they did the suspect reached over and lifted the victim's skirt to look underneath.

The victim didn't know what happened but several of the victim's relatives saw and immediately escorted the suspect out through the front of the church. Before the relatives could return to the church, the suspect slipped back into the church through a side door.

The suspect went over and immediately sat next to the victim and once again lifted up her skirt but this time he sexually assaulted the woman. The victim was able to get away from the suspect and the victim's male relatives held the man until police arrived.

The suspect told officers that he has mental health problems and is taking medication. During the course of the investigation the officers learned that the suspect is a registered sex offender.

The 37-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Rape.

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