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October 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Sex offender who fled Canada suspected of assault on teen boy

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Michael Sean Stanley.

Michael Sean Stanley, the violent sex offender who fled Canada and entered the U.S. after cutting a monitoring bracelet off his leg, is suspected of the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy this morning in West Seattle.

Police had earlier said Stanley was arrested for investigation of harassment in a West Seattle neighborhood this morning after people said they heard a man yelling. Stanley allegedly threatened a man who had complained about the noise, according to a police report.

Police say that when officers arrived, Stanley appeared intoxicated and became combative, saying he had a knife. Officers confiscated a small knife from him, according to the report.

He was booked into the King County Jail.

Following additional investigation into the incident, Seattle police now say Stanley is suspected of assaulting a 16-year-old grocery clerk he had met earlier. He allegedly lured the boy into an alley, gave him alcohol, grabbed him and sexually assaulted him, the department is reporting.

The 16-year-old allegedly pulled a knife on Stanley, ran to another location and called police.

Stanley, 48, will be re-booked on additional charges today, police said.

Stanley, a U.S. citizen, entered the U.S. at the Blaine border crossing on Oct. 7 after cutting the monitoring bracelet and fleeing Edmonton, Alberta, where he had been under supervision following his release from prison for kidnapping two boys from a school playground. He also has a rape conviction for assaulting an 83-year-old disabled woman in Canada.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have said that Stanley’s right to privacy prohibited the agency from discussing why he wasn’t turned over to Canadian authorities before being allowed into the U.S., or how it is that someone with what Canadian police say is a long and “horrendous record” of sex crimes was allowed to cross into the U.S. without further scrutiny.

Customs spokesman Mike Milne explained generally that someone who can establish their identification as a U.S. citizen and isn’t wanted in this country or named in a “provisional warrant” filed by another country with the U.S. Department of Justice can cross into the U.S.

Canada has said it will not seek Stanley’s extradition over charges of cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing the country.

When told this morning of Stanley’s arrest in Seattle, Alberta Justice spokesperson Michelle Davio told the CBC: “It’s not our crime. It’s not our offense. It didn’t happen in Alberta so it doesn’t change things.”

Seattle police last week announced that Stanley was in the city and ordered him to register as a sex offender, which he did as a transient, listing the general area of First Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle as his address. The location is near Pike Place Market and one block from the preschool, according to records.

Ilene Stark, executive director of the Pike Market Child Care & Preschool, said Monday the Pike Place Market security team has been on top of the situation.

“The head of market security came by on Friday and showed us photos of the man, which we’ve shared with all the parents and all the teachers,” she said.

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