Seattle sex offender faces possible life sentence

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A sex offender accused of breaking into a house in Seattle's University District and threatening six women with a knife would face a life sentence if convicted of the latest charges.

Robert D. Hitt is charged with burglary, robbery and kidnapping with sexual motivation, which makes the 34-year-old subject to Washington's "two strikes" law for repeat sexual offenders.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/dwV9dL ) he pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment.

He had been released from prison in January after serving time for a 2001 rape in the University District. He was classified a Level 2 sex offender.

Police say he broke into a home early March 5 and held six women at knifepoint, forcing one to undress. Another roommate who was hiding called 911. Hitt is held without bail.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com