By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
EVERETT — A convicted sex offender is being sent back to prison for assaulting a stranger and won’t be released unless he can convince a state review board that he’s no longer a danger to the community.
Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wynne on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Solis to five years in prison for the March 1 attack in Everett.
Solis, 61, served nearly two years in prison after being convicted of child molestation for groping incidents in the 1990s involving teenage girls.
His latest victim, a 19-year-old woman, told police that she met Solis in a fast-food restaurant. He offered to drive her south to meet up with her boyfriend. Once they were on the road, Solis began drinking tequila and making sexual advances.
Solis became violent once they were parked outside a strip mall on Evergreen Way. He exposed himself and grabbed the woman.
She told police Solis struck her in the head multiple times as she tried to get out of the truck. She escaped after kicking her attacker in the leg. Solis followed the woman through the parking lot, driving over curbs and circling around.
While Everett police were investigating the incident, Mukilteo police were called by a woman reporting that Solis was following her around in his pickup.
Solis told police that he was looking for sex and expected sexual favors from the woman because he’d driven her in his pickup truck.
“When you are drinking you exercise no judgment,” Wynne said.
Solis apologized to the victim, the state and God.
He pleaded guilty in April to second-degree assault with sexual motivation.
Once he’s served his time, he will have to persuade the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board that he no longer poses a threat to commit sex crimes. Solis will spend the rest of his life under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463, firstname.lastname@example.org.