Seattle sex offender faces possible life sentence



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 ( ) 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.


Information from: The Seattle Times,