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article imageHigh-risk sex offender who fled Canada arrested in Seattle

By Arthur Weinreb     Oct 23, 2013 in Crime
Seattle - Michael Stanley, a registered sex offender who fled Canada and went to the U.S., has been arrested in Seattle and faces charges of sexual assault and harassment.
Early yesterday morning, Seattle police received a call concerning a disturbance in an alley in west Seattle. When they arrived, they found Michael Sean Stanley. The 48-year-old became aggressive with police and told officers he had a knife.
Calls to police indicated Stanley had been yelling in the alley and threatened a person. He was intoxicated and arrested on suspicion of harassment. Police recovered a small knife from the sex offender.
While Stanley was in custody, police learned the man had met and befriended a boy in a grocery store and invited him to the alley. He plied the 16-year-old homeless boy with alcohol and sexually assaulted him. The youth then pulled a knife on the sex offender and was able to escape. The boy later called police. Stanley will now be charged with sexual assault in addition to harassment.
Stanley has 48 convictions in Canada, many for luring children away from playgrounds. He was last released from custody in April 2011 after completing a sentence of 32 months in jail for assault and forcible confinement. After his release, the registered sex offender was bound by a peace bond that had 20 conditions the man was required to follow. One condition prohibited him from having any contact with children.
On Oct. 1, Stanley fled Edmonton where he had been living. Later that day, his electronic monitoring bracelet was found on the roof of a Lloydminster, Alberta business. Police issued an alert for Stanley who was described as dangerous and a risk to reoffend. Schools were locked down in areas where there were possible sightings of the sex offender.
It was later confirmed Stanley entered the United States at Blaine, Washington on Oct. 7. American border authorities knew who he was but say they had no reason not to admit him. The 48-year-old is an American citizen and he was not wanted for any crime in the U.S. Although a Canada-wide warrant had been issued for his arrest, he was not wanted for extradition.
Authorities in Alberta initially thought about asking the federal government to initiate extradition proceedings but then abandoned the idea. The cost would have been high in relation to the amount of time Stanley was looking at for breaching the conditions of the peace bond and besides, the offender with a high risk to reoffend was now America's problem.
Stanley was living in Seattle and registered as a sex offender with the King's County Sheriff's Office. The address he gave was close to a heavily trafficked tourist area and near a preschool.
Stanley is due in court today on the charges of harassment and sexual assault.
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