Sex offender who fled Canada found in Seattle, but is free from arrest

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SEATTLE — His name is Michael Stanley. He is a 48-year-old American citizen and convicted sex offender in Canada.

Canadian officials describe him as a violent, dangerous sexual predator who is a high risk to re-offend. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a wheelchair-bound elderly woman and very young girls.

stanleyHe was also convicted of luring two young boys and flashing children.

Stanley served his time in Alberta, Canada, and was being monitored with an ankle bracelet when he cut it off Oct. 1 and then crossed the U.S./Canadian border in Blaine, Wash., one week later.

When Stanley crossed into the United States, he apparently did so legally.

After a week and a half search, Seattle police and U.S. marshals got a tip and found Stanley in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood early Thursday.

While there is a warrant for his arrest in Canada for cutting off his ankle bracelet, Canadian officials say it is not an offense for which they will seek to extradite him. In other words, he is a U.S. problem now.

So, in spite of this sexual predator’s history, Stanley has committed no offense in the United States and American law enforcement’s hands are tied.

“With them unwilling to extradite, we can’t arrest on that warrant, so the warrant is essentially invalid and because he has not committed a crime in Washington or Seattle that we know of, he hasn’t committed a law violation that we know of, we have nothing to arrest him on,” Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel said.

That may be so but it doesn’t sit well will people living downtown who have a new neighbor they’d rather not have.

“I think Canada is really dropping the ball on this and I don’t think they’re taking criminals very seriously,” downtown Seattle resident Stephanie Hunt said.

“What are we gonna do with him? He’s a U.S. citizen but the Canadians don’t want him so the Canadians are kind of dumping him on us,” fellow resident Lincoln Brigham said.

Seattle police said while Stanley is not wanted for a crime here, he is a convicted sex offender in Canada and, as such, is required to register as a sex offender with a local law enforcement agency and check in regularly. If he fails to do that, he could be arrested, police say.

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  • Kimberly

    I'm disturbed at how there is a violent sex offender on the loose but the article was so quick to point fingers Canada way instead of towards the guy himself. The bottom line is police in Canada are tied by red tape and border red tape to recapture a man who definately should be behind bars without parole in Canada or the US. How the hell did he manage to cross into US with that kind of a conviction?? I know people who had fraud charges that are not allowed into US but a guy like this can get over? I dont think it was a matter of just Canada dropping the ball. There should be better cooperation between countries with these sort of issues.

    • guest

      i totally agree with you. if perverts like him were guaranteed punishment like this when caught,they might think twice about committing such heinous acts. we can only hope.