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January 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Sex offender who fled Canada pleads guilty to harassment


Michael Sean Stanley

Update at 1:56 p.m.: | The City Attorney’s Office says Stanley will be eligible for release from jail on March 10.

Original post: | Fugitive sex offender Michael Sean Stanley pleaded guilty this morning to misdemeanor charges of harassment and resisting arrest in Seattle Municipal Court.

Judge Willie Gregory sentenced Stanley to 364 days in jail, with 154 days suspended. He also received credit for the time he’s spent behind bars since his arrest, although it’s unclear when he will be released.

They Seattle City Attorney’s Office said they are still calculating when Stanley will be released. Kimberly Mills, spokeswoman for City Attorney Pete Holmes, said Stanley will not be released today.

Stanley, through his lawyer, asked for alcohol treatment as part of his sentence.

“I got to be responsible for an action,” Stanley told Gregory. “I do need to do something about treatment. Once I get the treatment I think everything is going to work out.”

Stanley, 48, was arrested after Seattle police responded to a report of a man yelling in a West Seattle alley early in the morning of Oct. 22. A neighbor told officers that Stanley threatened him after he asked Stanley to quiet down, according to a police report.

Officers said Stanley was belligerent and “actively resisted” their commands, according to a police report. Following his arrest, officers confiscated a small lock-blade knife, a flashlight, a screwdriver and pliers from Stanley, according to the report.

After Stanley’s arrest, police said he had also been involved in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy that same morning. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said the alleged sexual assault is still under investigation.

Police say Stanley met the teen at a Safeway store, struck up a conversation with him then lured the boy into an alley. Stanley allegedly gave the teen alcohol before grabbing and sexually assaulting him, police said.

The boy told police he escaped after pulling a knife.

Stanley, a U.S. citizen, has an extensive history of sexual assaults and other crimes in Canada. On Oct. 1, while  under supervision after his release after 32 months in prison for kidnapping two boys from a school playground, Stanley cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet in Edmonton, Alberta, and fled.

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.

After Stanley crossed the border, Canada said  it would not seek Stanley’s extradition for cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing the country.

After Seattle law enforcement learned Stanley had moved to the city, he was ordered to register with the King County Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender. He did so just days before his arrest in West Seattle.

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