Sex offender takes pictures up girls' skirts


by Jim Forman KING 5 News


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 11:49 AM

Video: Sex offender targeting girls on buses

SEATTLE - A notorious sex offender, with crimes in two states, is back behind bars in Seattle. Prosecutors say he's once again targeting young girls riding on buses.

Kyle Lee Hammond is being held on $100,000 bail after police say he was caught in the act of using his cell-phone camera to shoot up the skirts of young women on a public bus.

Two 17-year-old girls say the trouble started at a bus stop at 2nd Avenue and Seneca in downtown Seattle. They told police a man approached them, then slid under the bus shelter to look up their skirts.

They said he then followed them as they rode the bus to Sea-Tac Airport, snapping their pictures along the way.

When the bus arrived at the airport, the girls ran inside and got port police who chased after Hammond and arrested him.

Prosecutors say Hammond at just 20 years old is already a convicted sex offender.

As late as last month, Hammond was living in a state-run house for sex offenders in Bismarck, North Dakota. But that house was shut down after authorities say Hammond and another resident were found in the home with a teenage girl.

With nowhere to go, Hammond returned to Western Washington and apparently his old ways.

Hammond was allegedly carrying pictures of naked pre-teen girls when police arrested him.