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Fugitive sex offender from Canada said to be in Washington state

Police in Canada say that a violent, high-risk sex offender who has been missing for more than a week crossed the border into Washington state at Blaine Monday, Oct. 7, and is believed to be in the U.S., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday. It is not yet known how Michael Stanley traveled into Washington state, the CBC said.

Edmonton police “detectives were able to confirm with U.S. Customs and Border Protection that Stanley crossed from British Columbia into Washington state at the Blaine border crossing on the evening of Oct. 7,” said Edmonton Det. Chris Hayduk.

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Michael Stanley appears in King County Superior Court in November 2013. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE – A notorious sex offender who escaped from monitoring in Canada last year has been released from the King County Jail.

The release came after prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against Michael Stanley in connection with claims by a 16-year-old that Stanley assaulted him.

“The case is being declined for criminal prosecution because there is insufficient evidence to prove that a forcible sexual assault had occurred,” the prosecutor’s office said in a brief statement Friday.

In mid-January, Stanley pleaded guilty in Seattle to harassment and resisting arrest — charges stemming from the same arrest in West Seattle in October — and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 in West Seattle after officers responded to a report of a man yelling in an alley in the early morning hours. Police said a neighbor reported that Stanley threatened him after he asked him to be quiet, they said.

After his arrest, police said Stanley earlier that day had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy who went into the alley with him.

Stanley, an American citizen, had served time in Canada for various sexual offenses. Police in Edmonton, Canada, said he cut off his GPS monitoring device on Oct. 1 and crossed into Washington state at the U.S.-Canada border crossing Oct. 7.

Edmonton officials said they would not seek the extradition to Canada for cutting off his GPS bracelet.

Stanley will continue to register here as a sex offender, Seattle police said.

SEATTLE — The King County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday it will not be filing a felony charge against Michael Stanley, a sex offender who had fled Canada and who Seattle police accused of a sexual assault in West Seattle in October.

“The case is being declined for criminal prosecution because there is insufficient evidence to prove that a forcible sexual assault had occurred,” the prosecutor’s office said in a brief statement Friday.

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Michael Stanley appears in King County Superior Court in November 2013. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

In mid-January, Stanley pleaded guilty in Seattle to harassment and resisting arrest — charges stemming from the same arrest in West Seattle in October — and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 in West Seattle after officers responded to a report of a man yelling in an alley in the early morning hours. Police said a neighbor reported that Stanley threatened him after he asked him to be quiet, they said.

After his arrest, police said Stanley earlier that day had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy who went into the alley with him.

Stanley, an American citizen, had served time in Canada for various sexual offenses. Police in Edmonton, Canada, said he cut off his GPS monitoring device on Oct. 1 and crossed into Washington state at the U.S.-Canada border crossing Oct. 7.

Edmonton officials said they would not seek the extradition to Canada for cutting off his GPS bracelet.

Stanley will continue to register here as a sex offender, Seattle police said.

SEATTLE — Authorities on Monday filed an additional charge — misdemeanor resisting arrest — against Michael Stanley, the sex offender who fled Canada.

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office filed the new charge nearly two weeks after his arrest.

stanley3Stanley is being held on $100,000 bail on a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from his Oct. 22 arrest. His next court hearing is Nov. 18.

Seattle police arrested Stanley in West Seattle after, they said, officers responded to a report of a man yelling in an alley in the early morning hours. Police said a neighbor reported that Stanley threatened him after he asked him to be quiet.

After his arrest, police said Stanley earlier that day had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy who went into the alley with him.  No charge has been filed, although the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said they are still reviewing the police report and could possibly file a more serious charge.

Stanley, an American citizen, had served time in Canada for various sexual offenses. Police in Edmonton, Canada, said he cut off his GPS monitoring device on Oct. 1 and crossed into Washington state at U.S.-Canada border crossing  Oct. 7. Edmonton officials said they would not seek the extradition to Canada for cutting off his GPS bracelet.

 

 

 

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Sex offender held on $100K bail; video shows him in store with teen

SEATTLE — Michael Stanley, a convicted sex offender in Canada who fled to Washington state on Oct. 7, was ordered held in King County Jail on $100,000 bail Wednesday for a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from an incident in West Seattle Tuesday. Stanley pleaded not guilty.

Stanley is also suspected of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old homeless boy in West Seattle Tuesday, but no charges have been filed in that case. King County prosecutors asked for the high bail on the harassment charge because they said Stanley is a flight risk and they want him in jail while he is investigated for the sexual assault charge.

stanley3He will next appear in court Nov. 4.

Authorities in Edmonton, Canada, issued a warrant for Stanley after he cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet there on Oct. 1. But after he crossed the border into Washington on Oct. 7, officials in Canada said they would not be seeking Stanley’s extradition for cutting off the bracelet and fleeing. Stanley is also a U.S. citizen.

Stanley was arrested in West Seattle Tuesday in the 24000 block of 44th Avenue Southwest for allegedly harassing area residents and resisting officers’ demands. Police later said he was the suspect in a sexual assault of a 16-year-old homeless boy.

Q13 FOX News obtained surveillance video of Stanley allegedly purchasing alcohol at a local convenience store with the a person the police said was the boy.

“I was thinking, my God, it’s that guy,” said Cathy Wentzl, the store manager, when she saw the video. “We’ve got to get him off the street.”

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SEATTLE — Early Tuesday morning, Rachel Brodeur woke up to a violent argument outside her West Seattle home.

“I fell asleep on my couch. It was about 5:30 a.m. and I heard somebody yelling and screaming and making really primal noises. As my neighbor described it, sort of Frankenstein noises,” Brodeur said.

Michael Stanley, 48, described by Canadian authorities as a violent sex offender, escaped from Canada and crossed into Washington state on Oct. 7.  Seattle police worried it was just a matter of time.

“This was, I think, our worst fear is that he would victimize someone here in our city,” Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt said.

SEANSTANLEYStanley, who was born in the United States, was released from prison in Edmonton, Canada, in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence there for assault and forcible confinement of two mentally impaired boys. One of the conditions of his release was that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

But police in Edmonton say he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet on Oct. 1 and crossed the border at Blaine, Wash., on Oct. 7.

Canada doesn’t want him back; authorities have declined to request extradition.

“I guess they just don’t want to deal with it. I just hope we deal with it, because it doesn’t sound like this guy should be out on the streets,” Brodeur said.

Early Tuesday morning, responding to 911 calls from neighbors, Seattle police found Stanley, who has registered in Seattle as homeless, in an alley behind the Admiral Theater near Admiral Way and 44th Avenue SW.  Police said he was angry and belligerent.  Police said he also had a three-inch knife on him, so officers handcuffed him.  Police said that’s when an alleged victim came forward.

“A 16-year-old male walked over to the officers and told them the subject they had in handcuffs had sexually assaulted him earlier in the alleyway there,” Witt said.

Police said the teenager told them he met Stanley in a nearby Safeway and that the sex offender gave him alcohol before grabbing him.  Police said the boy told them that he then pulled out his own knife on Stanley and ran away.

When Stanley crossed the border earlier this month, he was not wanted in the United States for any crime.

In Canada, in addition to his 2006 sentence, in the late 1980s Stanley spent nine years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of an 82-year-old woman who was in a wheelchair.

Stanley, being held in the King County Jail, is expected to appear in King County Superior Court Wednesday.

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SEATTLE — A sex offender who fled Canada earlier this month was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old he met in West Seattle and harassing neighborhood residents, police said.

Sean Michael Stanley, 48, was arrested around 6 a.m. in the 2300 block of 44th Avenue SW after police received reports of a man yelling in an alleyway. The caller told police that when the man asked Stanley to calm down, he threatened to assault him.

When officers came to the scene, Stanley allegedly emerged from a large dumpster at the top of a stairwell. He allegedly became combative and resisted officer’s calls to put his hands behind his back.  Stanley also appeared intoxicated, and was in possession of a multi-tool with a three-inch blade. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail for harassment.

A short time later, police received a report that Stanley was involved in a sexual assault in West Seattle. According to a Seattle police report, Stanley met a 16-year-old male at a grocery store and walked with him into the alley in the 2400 block of 44th Avenue SW. Stanley allegedly plied victim with alcohol, grabbed the teen and assaulted him.

The 16-year-old pulled a knife on Stanley and ran away to call police, officers said.

Stanley has received much media attention since he fled Canada earlier this month. He was a registered sex offender in Canada, but because he hadn’t committed a crime in the U.S., police could not arrest him once he entered the country since he was a legal U.S. citizen. His name became public after it was suspected he may have had a hand in a Federal Way attempted abduction, but police later determined he wasn’t in the area.

Stanley has a history of violent, sexual crimes. He was convicted of kidnapping two boys from a school playground, as well as raping an 83-year-old woman in Edmonton, Alberta. He was under Canadian monitoring when he cut off a leg bracelet and fled to Seattle.

Canada did not seek extradition of Stanley. He is a registered sex offender in Seattle.

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Michael Stanley (Photo: CBC)

SEATTLE — Michael Stanley, a high-risk sex offender who recently cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and fled Canada to Washington state, registered with the King County Sheriff’s Office Friday, as ordered, officials said.

Stanley, 48, was found earlier this week in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, Seattle police said.

He is a U.S. citizen who is not wanted for any crimes in the state, and Canada has said they will not seek to extradite him for cutting off his bracelet and fleeing.

Seattle police said on Thursday that they told Stanley he has to register here, and he did that on Friday morning, King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said. He gave a city of Seattle address, she said.

“We are still waiting for documentation from Canada to see if he does, in fact, actually have to register” as a sex offender based on his convictions in Canada and laws here, West said. “When we get the paperwork, if it reveals that he does, in fact, have to register, we will classify him as either Level 1, 2 or 3 based on the information about his offenses.”

Canadian officials describe Stanley 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. He was also convicted of luring two young boys and flashing children.

Stanley served his time in Edmonton, 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.

 

 

 

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.

stanleySEATTLE — U.S. Marshals and the Seattle Police Department said they have located a high-risk and sexually violent predator in downtown Seattle on Thursday. Authorities had been informed that Michael Stanley, 48, may be in the area.

Stanley had removed his GPS bracelet in Canada and fled to Washington state on Oct. 7. Canadian officials refused to extradite Stanley and local police were put on alert.

Stanley is a U.S. citizen and has a criminal history in the U.S. and Canada. He is not currently wanted for any crimes in the U.S., but Canadian officials have classified him as a repeat sex offender and is considered to be a high risk to reoffend.

Police are not able to arrest Stanley due to the fact that he has not committed a crime in the U.S., but Seattle police have asked him to register as a sex offender in Washington, allowing them to supervise him. Stanley could be arrested if he fails to register as a sex offender in the state.

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