Violent, fugitive sex offender from Canada said to be in Washington

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Michael Stanley (Photo: CBC)

VANCOUVER, B.C. – 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 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 at a news conference held Thursday afternoon, the CBC reported.

Hayduk said American police are aware that Stanley is wanted in Canada, but there are no warrants for his arrest in the U.S.

Washington State Police have confirmed no public advisory or alert has been released on Stanley, the CBC said.

“To my knowledge, he’s not wanted in the United States for anything,” Hayduk said, adding that American authorities have been notified about Stanley’s outstanding warrants in Canada.

Police in several provinces have been searching for Stanley since he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet on Oct. 1. A Canada-wide warrant had been issued for the 48-year-old.

Stanley was released from prison in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement. One of the conditions of his release was that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

He has a long history of sexual offenses dating back to 1987, the CBC said, adding that Stanley has a history of taking children from playgrounds.

In 2006, he was sentenced to serve time for assault and unlawful confinement after luring two mentally impaired boys to an Edmonton apartment. One boy was 13, and one was nine.

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.

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