After the unidentified victim reported to police she was groped Aug. 25 while shopping, Detective Edward McIntyre posted surveillance stills of the assailant’s face on social media in hopes the public could identify him. It worked, police said.
Three separate tips came in that each identified the man in the photo as Deeley — a Megan’s Law registrant since 2002, according to the online state police database. Deeley wore the same T-shirt in the Boscov’s surveillance video as he wore for his Megan’s Law registry photograph, police said. The victim confirmed to the detective that Deeley is the one who assaulted her.
In the video footage, Deeley walked by the victim and took “notice of her,” police said. Deeley then stuck his hand out near the woman’s buttocks as he passed by. The victim’s head snapped up and turned around as Deeley walked away.
In a Facebook post seeking the public’s help in identifying him, city police wrote that their suspect frequents Boscov’s several times a week during the afternoon hours, sometimes accompanied by a woman and child.
In 2002, police said he hid under a clothing rack at Kmart in Moosic and reached up to touch a woman’s thigh as she shopped. At trial, Deeley argued he bumped into the victim as he hurried to the bathroom with a case of diarrhea. The jury found him guilty of indecent assault.
The 2002 offense came shortly after finishing his 10-year sentence for raping and kidnapping a woman in 1990, in Luzerne County. In that case, police said he hid in the back seat of a woman’s vehicle as she shopped for groceries and held a knife to her throat once she returned the vehicle.
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