Fugitive sex offender from Canada located in Seattle, not arrested

The Seattle TimesOctober 17, 2013 

Seattle police say they have located a violent sex offender who fled Canada for the U.S. earlier this month, and have told him to register as a sex-offender in the U.S. or face arrest.

Michael Sean Stanley, 48, cut a GPS monitor off his ankle in Edmonton, Alberta, on Oct. 1 and, according to law-enforcement officials, crossed into the U.S. unchallenged on Oct. 7. He is a U.S. citizen and it is not clear at this point whether he had access to a passport.

There is a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, however, officials in Edmonton said they would not seek Stanley’s extradition.

Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Office located Stanley Thursday in downtown Seattle. The Seattle Police Department, in a blog post, said that there is no evidence that he has committed any new crimes in the U.S. and that officers are not able to arrest him at this time.

SPD spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that “law-enforcement officials on both sides of the U.S. border are working to resolve this very complicated situation.”

In the meantime, Whitcomb said, Seattle police have ordered Stanley to immediately register as a sex offender in Washington, which would bring him under law-enforcement supervision. Stanley could be arrested if he fails to do so, he said.

Stanley was on home release in Edmonton after serving a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement of two boys, ages 9 and 13, in 2004.

In a community warning issued when he was released in April 2011, Edmonton Police Services described Stanley as an “untreated violent and sexual offender who poses a risk of significant harm to the community.” It notes he has a “27-year history of committing night-time break and enters.”

Two weeks ago, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police locked down schools in several west-central Saskatchewan communities after Stanley’s vehicle was found in the area.

Stanley has targeted adults and children, according to Canadian parole documents obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

In 1987, he broke into the apartment of an 82-year-old Lethbridge woman who used a wheelchair and raped her. The same night, he was discovered in another apartment with two girls, including a 15-month-old child who had been undressed, the CBC reported Monday.

In 2000, Stanley was charged with exposing himself to some children, the CBC reported.

He also was charged with sexually assaulting a girl in 2004, but according to the CBC the girl delayed reporting the incident and eventually refused to testify because she was afraid of Stanley.

He went to prison again in 2006 after luring two mentally impaired boys to an Edmonton apartment, where he held them and blew crack smoke in their faces. Parole documents indicate he initially had been charged with sexual abuse in that case.

Stanley also has a long criminal history in Washington state and has been named in cases in Okanogan, Chelan, Grant, Lincoln, Clark and King counties, according to court records.

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