Man With Tattooed Face Tried to Rape Woman Sleeping Next to Boyfriend, Police Say

A man with a heavily tattooed face and body tried raping a woman in bed as her boyfriend slept next to her, police say.

On May 30, Michael Campbell, a 46-year-old registered sex offender, allegedly pulled down a woman's pants and underwear as her boyfriend lay asleep next to her. Campbell then proceeded to grind his body against hers, documents filed in Greene County, Missouri stated.

The boyfriend woke up and chased Campbell out of the residence. Campbell reportedly fled from the premises on a bicycle. When police asked him about the accusation, he denied wrongdoing. He said the woman had made sexual advances towards him in a bathroom, but he "told her no" because he "had a curfew and needed to leave," The Smoking Gun reported.

Police arrested and subsequently charged Campbell with attempted rape in the first degree. He is being held on a $100,000 bond in a Missouri county jail.

Michael Campbell tattooed face attempted rape
Michael Campbell, a man with a heavily tattooed face, tried raping a woman in bed next to her sleeping boyfriend, police say. In this photo illustration, a male and female couple spoon while sleeping in bed. klebercordeiro/Getty

Campbell's face and body are almost entirely covered in black tattoos. The facial tattoos include a pentagram on his forehead, Celtic knots on his cheeks and temples, as well as a pitbull and a large polka dot bowtie on his throat. Prosecutors said that several of Campbell's tattoos show evidence of his possible white supremacist beliefs.

Campbell was convicted last year in Greene County for assault, property damage, and violating an order of protection. He served six months in jail for the charges.

In July 2018, Campbell was charged with third-degree assault. He repeatedly punched another man in the face for not flushing the toilet after using it, prosecutors told the Springfield News-Leader.

At the time, prosecutors called the alleged assault "a disproportionate response to the behavior, which suggests that there is another motivation for the assault, or that he is unstable enough that any person might become his victim as a result of any small thing perceived...as a slight against him."

He pleaded not guilty in that case.

Around March 20, 1995, Campbell was found guilty of attempted sexual assault in the first degree for an incident in Denver, Colorado. At the time, he was 20 years old and accused of trying to rape a 14-year-old girl.

In 2011, he was arrested for going within 500 feet of a playground or public pool. His registered child sex offender status requires him to stay away from areas where children might be playing, Metro News reported.

Because of Campbell's being a registered sex offender, a conviction for a second rape attempt would make him a repeat offender. As such, he potentially faces life in prison if convicted.

Newsweek contacted Dan Patterson, Greene County's prosecuting attorney, for comment.