Convicted sex offender sentenced for naked Lakewood burglaries

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Curtis Leon Sell, 51, was sentenced on Feb. 21 to seven and a half years in prison. Sell pleaded guilty on Oct. 18, 2017 to two counts of residential burglary and one count of residential burglary with sexual motivation.

Sell has prior convictions for rape of a child in the second degree and failure to register as a sex offender.

“We should all feel safe in our homes. This defendant shook that sense of safety,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “We have a special assault unit that holds sexual predators accountable.”

The case was handled by Deputy Prosecutor Heather DeMaine. “This defendant behaved as a predator and terrorized three households,” DeMaine said in court during sentencing.

On Aug. 2, 2017, police were dispatched to an apartment building in Lakewood. When they arrived, they spoke with N.M., the one who called the police. She told officers she awoke to a man, later identified as Curtis Sell, removing the fan from her bedroom window. She said Sell was naked. She began to scream and her boyfriend came into the room. She said Sell seemed startled, scooted back out of the window, and ran away.

That morning, investigators were also called to two other residences in the same complex and a neighboring complex where two other women had similar stories. The man was wearing only a condom in one instance, only a bra in the other.

Sell also pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender on Oct. 18, 2017.

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