MARYSVILLE — Police are on the hunt for a dangerous Level 3 sex offender.
John E. Stains, 39, is a convicted sex offender who once talked about targeting trails so that he could sexually assault more women.
In 2009, Stains pleaded guilty to a sexual attack — he assaulted a woman he knew and threatened to kill her. It was at that time that he told police he would look for other women to assault.
“People like that need to be locked up forever and not let out at all,” Marysville resident Anthony Sambrano said.
Stains was released from prison and then moved into a transitional home in the 4900 block of 61st Street NE in Marysville. Police kept a close watch on Stains, but when they went to conduct their routine monthly check on Thursday, Stains was no where to be found.
“When we went to the house where he was registered at, they had indicated he had left a couple of weeks prior and he never came back,” Marysville police commander Robb Lamoureux said.
Of concern to authorities is that not only did Stains refuse to participate in sex offender treatment while he was in prison, but his past remarks about wanting to abduct more women to sexually assault them is also worrisome.
“We are not saying he is out there looking for victims now, but you put all of those things together and they are alarming,” Lamoureux said.
The Department of Corrections said Stains’ criminal history started with a misdemeanor in the ’90s followed by a protective-order violation, then the sexual assault four years ago, and now his disappearance.
“That is very scary thing for the community. Where would I end up if he is around here on the loose?,” Marysville resident Yelena Bolotin said.
“I know that house is full of sex offenders,” Sambrano said. But he would rather have Stains live next door than roam the streets.
“It’s terrible. I have a 2-year-old daughter. It’s the worst thing you can think of,” he said.
Police are concerned Stains could re-offend, so they are asking the public to contact them if they see him.
“We want the public to put eyes on his face,” Lamoureux said.
The owner of the transitional home says Stains had lived there for more than a year. He says he reported the sex offender’s disappearance to DOC in early September.
Stains is a white male, 6-feet tall, weighs 210 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.