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SE Portland man says surveillance camera captured sex offender before latest arrest

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Themba Kelley in court (KPTV) Themba Kelley in court (KPTV)

A southeast Portland father said the man suspected of breaking into his neighbor’s house Tuesday and coming into a 16-year-old girl’s bedroom was caught on camera at his house too, after following his 14-year-old daughter home from the park.

Sean Casey said his 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son were playing at Essex Park Tuesday afternoon when Themba Kelley started talking to them.

When the kids left the park to head home, Casey said Kelley followed them and showed up at their front door.

Casey said his home surveillance system caught Kelley coming up to the door and talking with his daughter, then hanging out on their front porch for more than 20 minutes and walking around the street for even longer.

When Casey and his wife got home, he said Kelley was still there.

He later asked his daughter what he’d been talking to her about, and for the most part she said it was innocent.

“But I was like, ‘Well, did he say anything flirty to you, or sexual?’ and she’s like, ‘Well when I came to the door he said I had really pretty feet and most girls try to hide those these days,’” Casey recalled. “And I’m like, ‘Yes that’s creepy, that qualifies.’”

Casey said an officer responded, but Kelley ran away.

It wasn’t until later they learned he came back to their house around midnight and was caught on surveillance footage yet again.

“He’s creeping up to the back door, looks like he’s holding a knife in his hand,” Casey said of the video.

The family dog started barking and Casey said that’s what startled Kelley. In the video, the man quickly turns away from the door and leaves.

An hour or so later, Casey’s 16-year-old neighbor said she saw the same man sitting in a chair watching their house.

Around 2:30 a.m., police said Kelley broke into her house and came into the teen's bedroom. The girl called 911 and Kelley left. He was arrested nearby.

In court Thursday, Kelley pleaded not guilty to the new charges, including failing to register as a sex offender.

Court records show he told police he made a connection with a woman in the window and broke in “as a lust thing,” telling officers the woman had thrown a “lustful Jezebel energy” at him.

Kelley is the same man who police said groped a teenage girl in the bathroom of a southwest Portland Baskin-Robbins in 2014, and was arrested again a few months later for violating parole after approaching a 12-year-old girl at her northeast Portland home.

We’ve learned he has a criminal record dating back to 1989 that spans four states.

“Having heard now that he has a past history it’s like, how did the ball get dropped on this? Why is someone who should have been a registered sex offender hanging out at the park in the middle of the summer?” Casey asked. “I’m glad it didn’t end up worse than it did, but I’m really hoping that something more lasting is done.”

The Multnomah County Assistant District Attorney now prosecuting Kelley’s newest charges told FOX 12 Kelley was given the maximum sentence in 2014 based on the crime he was convicted of.

Now, he’s asking police to provide everything they have on Kelley, which may include Casey’s surveillance video, and said more charges may be filed against him.

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