Sex offender suspected of prowling around more SLO homes

October 7, 2023

Keith William Phillips


The San Luis Obispo Police Department is asking residents in neighborhoods near Cal Poly to review surveillance film in search of footage of a prior sex offender who allegedly masturbated outside a house while watching a 17-year-old girl shower inside the home last weekend.

At about 10 p.m. Sunday, a doorbell camera captured a prowler masturbating outside of a house in the 1200 block of Stafford Street. The following day, a victim reported the prowler to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Officers determined 49-year-old Keith William Phillips was masturbating while watching the 17-year-old girl shower through a partially open bathroom window. 

Phillips, whom police describe as a transient living in San Luis Obispo, was previously registered as a sex offender in Arizona. The 10-year threshold for Phillips’s sex offender registration requirements ended in 2014, police said.

The residents of the Stafford Street home — four females and one male — also discovered video of Phillips masturbating outside their house in May of this year.

On Wednesday, one of the residents spotted Phillips on Stafford Street and called police. Officers then located Phillips and arrested him.

Authorities booked Phillips in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of felony indecent exposure with a prior conviction, misdemeanor lewd conduct in public, misdemeanor prowling, misdemeanor peeping and misdemeanor annoy or molest a child under 18.

Investigators believe Philips has engaged in similar behavior in multiple neighborhoods around Cal Poly since May 2023 and possibly earlier. Investigators ask that anyone who has videos or photos of Phillips on private property contact Officer Stevens at (805) 594-8093.

Phillips remains in SLO County Jail with his bail set at $200,000.

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Stick with new times, your in over your head here..

He looks just like any one of these “boomers” around here. He behaves like one too!

At 49 he’s about 10 years too young to be a “boomer.” So your insult kind of falls flat. Nice try.