No felony charges to be filed here against sex offender who fled Canada

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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.


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.

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