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October 31, 2013 at 4:36 PM

SPD completes investigation of alleged sexual assault by fugitive sex offender

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Michael Sean Stanley.

More than a week after fugitive sex offender Michael Sean Stanley was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in West Seattle, there’s no indication when, or if, criminal charges will be filed in the case.

There appears to be no rush to charge Stanley, a 48-year-old U.S. citizen convicted of sex crimes in Canada, since he’s being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail on a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from an Oct. 22 incident the same day as the alleged assault. The unusually high bail amount was granted by a judge, in part, because police are investigating him in connection with the alleged assault.

“We are taking our time,” Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said today of the assault investigation. “He’s in custody with the sexual harassment investigation.”

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said his office received the sexual assault case from Seattle police late today. However, it’s unclear when, or if, charges could be filed.

The 16-year-old alleged victim was held at the King County Youth Services Center for 24 hours on an “at-risk youth petition” following Stanley’s arrest, authorities said. The teen is a runaway from South King County and homeless, according to police.

Stanley, who has an extensive history of sexual assaults and other crimes in Canada, ended up in Seattle last month after making news north of the border.

On Oct. 1, he cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet in Edmonton, Alberta, where he had been under supervision following his release after 32 months in prison for kidnapping two boys from a school playground.

Edmonton police issued a warrant for his arrest, and Canadian law-enforcement officials said U.S. Customs and Border Protection were notified that Stanley might be attempting to enter the United States.

Stanley entered the United States legally at the Blaine border crossing Oct. 7.

U.S. Customs officials have said they could not arrest Stanley on the Canadian warrant, which could not be served in the United States.

When local law enforcement learned Stanley had moved to Seattle, he was ordered to register with the King County Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender, which he did on Oct. 18.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Michael Sean Stanley, Seattle Police Department


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