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November 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM
An unregistered sex offender was charged today with second-degree assault after he allegedly attacked a 60-year-old woman Saturday in a restroom at Harborview Medical Center, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The suspect, Greg T. Walton, 38, was wanted on a warrant after he failed to register as a sex offender with King County Sheriff’s Office after serving time for rape following a 1996 conviction, the prosecutor’s office said. In addition to the assault charge, Walton was charged today with failure to register, the fifth time he has faced that charge.
If convicted of the assault charge – his third-strike offense — Walton would likely be sentenced to life in prison, the prosecutor’s office said.
According to Seattle police, around 5 p.m. Saturday the victim was in a women’s restroom at Harborview Medical Center when she noticed a man standing in front of the door. Without saying a word, the man charged the victim, grabbed her by the neck and slammed her through a door into a bathroom stall, striking her head against a wall, police said.
The man then began strangling the woman, who screamed for help, police said.
A male friend of the woman, who was using the nearby men’s restroom, heard the woman’s screams and ran in to help, according to police. He began striking the attacker, who kept one hand around the woman’s neck as he attempted to fend off her friend, police said.
Eventually, the man released the woman and tried to leave the restroom.
The commotion drew hospital staff and King County Jail officer, who took the man into custody with the help of a State Patrol trooper, who was working off-duty at the hospital.
Police say Walton is a transient, and it is unclear why he was at Harborview.
The victim was treated for her injuries at Harborview.
Walton was convicted of second-degree rape in 1996 for breaking into a woman’s home and raping her at knife-point, according to court records. Since his release from prison in October 2001, he has been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender four times, in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2010.
He also has convictions for reckless endangerment, second-degree assault and making false statements to police.
Before his most recent release from prison for failing to register, Walton was advised in June of this year by the state Department of Corrections that he was required to register, according to records. He failed to do so.
Walton is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail on the assault charge and $60,000 on the failure to register charge. He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 27.
October 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM
A sex offender with a “horrendous” criminal history in Canada has registered as a sex offender with the King County Sheriff’s Office, listing his general location as First Street and Pine Avenue in downtown Seattle, near Pike Place Market and one block from a preschool, according to records.
Washington state’s sex offender registry shows that Michael Sean Stanley, 48, registered as a transient and was listed as a “Level 2″ offender.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said Stanley has been classified at this time as a “Level 2″ instead of “Level 3” offender because it is the minimum level for an offender registered as a transient.
She said Stanley’s offenses did not require him to register as a sex offender in Canada and local law enforcement is still waiting for documentation from Canada to determine whether he is legally required to register in the U.S. That will depend on whether his offenses are comparable to offenses in the U.S. requiring registration, West said.
Stanley’s classification will be determined by a state-approved scoring tool once it is determine whether he will be required to register in the U.S., West said.
West said that unless a person is being monitored by the state Department of Corrections or has probation restrictions on where they may live, a sex offender can live near a school or child-care facility.
Level 2 offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending, according to the sheriff’s website.
They generally have more than one victim and the abuse may be long-term. These offenders usually groom their victims and may use threats to commit their crimes.
These crimes may be predatory with the offender using a position of trust to commit their crimes. Typically these individuals do not appreciate the damage they have done to their victims, according to the website.
Stanley, who has a history of sexual offenses against women and children, caused school closures in Canada after he cut off his electronic-monitoring bracelet on Oct. 1. About a week later he crossed into the U.S. and made his way to Seattle.
Ilene Stark, executive director of the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool at Post Alley, which is within a block of Stanley’s registered address, said security at the market is aware of Stanley and his situation.
“It is upsetting and disturbing that he is wanted in Canada, but market security is really on top of it,” Stark said this morning.
She said last week security officers came to the child care program with a photo of Stanley. The photo was distributed to every staff member and every parent, she said.
“Everyone is aware and vigilant, and we’re all doing everything we can do to keep everyone safe,” Stark said.
Canadian officials have issued a public alert describing Stanley as an untreated, violent offender who posed a significant risk, but also said they would not seek his extradition back to Canada.
Although it is not clear whether Stanley must legally register as a sex offender, authorities in Seattle asked him to register, which he did.
Stanley, a U.S. citizen, has a criminal record in Washington, including in King County, but none of his Washington state convictions involves a sex crime, according to court records.
After his April 2011 release from prison in Canada, Stanley was being monitored by police behavioral specialists in Edmonton and required to wear an ankle bracelet that electronically monitored his whereabouts at all times, said Edmonton Police Services spokesman Chad Orydzuk.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday that Stanley’s right to privacy prohibits 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 his record of sex crimes was allowed to cross into the U.S. without further scrutiny.
October 18, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Doesn’t pay to be a restaurant employee: Two days ago a Chipotle employee got hit with a hot sauce bottle in downtown Seattle and last night an employee of a pizza place in Green Lake was stabbed. In the Green Lake incident, the suspect had four knives on him when he was arrested …
Michael Chadd Boysen, the man who strangled his grandparents a few days after he was released from prison, is scheduled to be sentenced today in King County Superior Court. The death penalty is off the table and while a life sentence was expected in the case, his attorneys are expected to ask for a sentence of 40 years.
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October 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM
Seattle police say they have located a violent sex offender who fled Canada for the U.S. earlier this month, and have told him to register as a sex-offender in the U.S. or face arrest.
Michael Sean Stanley, 48, cut a GPS monitor off his ankle in Edmonton, Alberta, on Oct. 1 and, according to law-enforcement officials, crossed into the U.S. unchallenged on Oct. 7. He is a U.S. citizen and it is not clear at this point whether he had access to a passport.
There is a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, however, officials in Edmonton said they would not seek Stanley’s extradition.
Police and the U.S. Marshals Service located Stanley Thursday in downtown Seattle. The Seattle Police Department, in a blog post, said that there is no evidence that he has committed any new crimes in the U.S. and that officers are not able to arrest him at this time.
SPD spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that “law-enforcement officials on both sides of the U.S. border are working to resolve this very complicated situation.”
In the meantime, Whitcomb said, Seattle police have ordered Stanley to immediately register as a sex offender in Washington, which would bring him under law-enforcement supervision. Stanley could be arrested if he fails to do so, he said.
Stanley was on home release in Edmonton after serving a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement of two boys, ages 9 and 13, in 2004.
In a community warning issued when he was released in April 2011, Edmonton Police Services described Stanley as an “untreated violent and sexual offender who poses a risk of significant harm to the community.” It notes he has a “27-year history of committing night-time break and enters.”
Two weeks ago, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police locked down schools in several west-central Saskatchewan communities after Stanley’s vehicle was found in the area.
Stanley has targeted adults and children, according to Canadian parole documents obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
In 1987, he broke into the apartment of an 82-year-old Lethbridge woman who used a wheelchair and raped her. The same night, he was discovered in another apartment with two girls, including a 15-month-old child who had been undressed, the CBC reported Monday.
In 2000, Stanley was charged with exposing himself to some children, the CBC reported.
He also was charged with sexually assaulting a girl in 2004, but according to the CBC the girl delayed reporting the incident and eventually refused to testify because she was afraid of Stanley.
He went to prison again in 2006 after luring two mentally impaired boys to an Edmonton apartment, where he held them and blew crack smoke in their faces. Parole documents indicate he initially had been charged with sexual abuse in that case.
Stanley also has a long criminal history in Washington state and has been named in cases in Okanogan, Chelan, Grant, Lincoln, Clark and King counties, according to court records.
July 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM
King County prosecutors on Thursday charged a Level 2 sex offender with indecent liberties in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a homeless woman in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park last week.
Marcus Jim II, 28, was also charged with failing to register as a sex offender, court records show. Jim, who was convicted of third-degree rape in Yakima in 2006, was ordered to register for 10 years but has failed to do so since December 2011, roughly two years after moving to Seattle, charging papers say.
He remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $160,000 bail, jail records show.
Jim is accused of sexually touching a 26-year-old woman under her shorts as she lay passed out on the grass around 7:30 p.m. on July 15, charging documents say. A witness saw Jim lay behind the alleged victim, pull down his pants and either have sex or attempt to have sex with the woman, according to the charges. When the witness confronted Jim, Jim claimed he was the woman’s friend before quickly trying to leave the park, the charges say. The witness called police and was able to flag down an officer, who arrested Jim.
The victim was unaware she had been assaulted, according to the charges.
The charging documents point out that the rape Jim committed in 2005 has “facts very similar to those presented here.” In the earlier case, the female victim “was sleeping outside on the ground when the defendant approached and pulled down her pants. The victim awoke and attempted to resist. The defendant forcibly raped her and physically assaulted her with a stick.”
April 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM
AIRWAY HEIGHTS (AP) — A therapist who specialized in sexual deviancy treatment at the Airway Heights Corrections Center has resigned after she had an inappropriate relationship with a male sex offender.
The employee was a therapist in the Sex Offender Treatment Program and voluntarily resigned April 11.
Corrections spokeswoman Risa Klemme says employee guidelines do not allow relationships between offenders and staff.
The Spokesman-Review reports the Airway Heights Police Department is investigating the incident for possible criminal charges.
Officials say the employee could face a charge of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct. Washington law describes that charge as a perpetrator employed by a correctional agency having sexual intercourse with a resident of a prison.
March 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM
A convicted sex offender who broke into a University District house and threatened six young women with a knife a year ago was found guilty today of nine criminal charges, including kidnapping and burglary.
Robert Douglas Hitt, 34, a Level II sex offender, had been released from prison two months before the home invasion after serving 10 years for first-degree rape. Because two of the charges in the home invasion carried sexual-motivation allegations, Hitt will faces a life sentence under Washington’s “two strikes” law for repeat sex offenders.
According to police, Hitt broke into a home in the 5000 block of 20th Avenue Northeast early in the morning on March 11, 2012, and ordered six women into a bedroom at knifepoint. The women, ages 19 to 21, were are all University of Washington students. He ordered one victim to undress, binding her hands, and then took her clothes off, police said.
Two of their roommates hid in their bedrooms and called 911, summoning police who arrested Hitt.
Officers found a knife in Hitt’s pocket, along with two cellphones belonging to two of his alleged victims, police said. He claimed he planned to rob the women for beer money, according to police.
Hitt was under lifelong supervision by the state Department of Corrections (DOC) at the time of the attack.
According to court records, Hitt was charged with first-degree rape in October 2001 and pleaded guilty in May 2002.
He completed a sex-offender treatment program and was released from prison Jan. 10, 2012, after the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board found he was at low risk to reoffend, according to the DOC. The board could have extended his prison sentence in two-year increments, up to a maximum of life, court records show.
November 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATE: 10 a.m. | TACOMA — A missing 16-year-old special education student and a 21-year-old sex offender were found asleep Wednesday morning at a north Tacoma home, police said.
Briana Troyer is OK, said police spokesman Mark Fulghum.
Detectives were questioning her before returning her to her family. Her father is Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
“It was a long 14 hours. Thanks for all your support and prayers,” Ed Troyer said on his Facebook page. Troyer is the Pierce County Amber Alert coordinator but didn’t want to talk about his daughter’s case while it was ongoing.
Investigators will determine if Terrence D. Powell did anything wrong, Fulghum said. He’s a Level 1 sex offender who left a Tacoma bowling alley Tuesday with the girl.
Fulghum issued an Amber Alert for the girl early Wednesday and police searched for her with tracking dogs and officers going door-to-door. A tip led investigators to the home of a Powell acquaintance where the two were sleeping, he said.
Briana Troyer was at Tower Bowling Lanes with other members of the Wilson High School bowling team for practice, but the coach or supervisor may not have been there at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she disappeared, Fulghum said. She is described as having the mental capacity of a 9-year-old.
She was last seen walking away with Powell. Fulghum did not know the criminal history that led to Powell’s listing as a Level 1 sex offender. The classification is the lowest level and applied to people, many of them first-time offenders, considered at minimal risk to reoffend.
May 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM
The Associated Press
WALLA WALLA — A man who was convicted of molesting a child in Walla Walla County in 1995 and who has been held nearly two years at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island will be released Friday.
After a new expert reviewed the file for 63-year-old Ronald Valentine, the state attorney general’s office said it couldn’t prove he was likely to reoffend.
The Union-Bulletin reports he finished a 15-year sentence in 2010 and the state sought to commit him indefinitely as a sex predator. A civil commitment trial was scheduled this month until the new expert’s opinion resulted in the dismissal.
The attorney general’s office says Valentine will be supervised for two years with conditions to avoid children and participate in treatment. He reportedly intends to live in the Tacoma area.
April 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. – A 19-year-old registered sex offender with a long history of violations has pleaded not guilty to raping a 14-year-old high school classmate in Vancouver.
Jeremiah C. Thompson was arraigned Friday on a charge of third-degree rape of a child, a Class C felony. He allegedly met the victim, a 14-year-old freshman girl, at the WinCo Foods store just north of Prairie High School. Authorities say they later had sex at Thompson’s home.
The sexual activity is a crime because of the girl’s age. The age of consent in Washington is 16.
The Prairie freshman told sheriff’s deputies that Thompson, who is a senior at the school, met her at Winco and took her to his home to have sex, according to court documents. The girl sought medical attention and requested a rape kit after the incident.
Defense attorney Lou Byrd said he planned to file several motions in the case because of the intense media coverage, saying he worried his client wouldn’t receive a fair trial.
Thompson’s case has drawn wide attention after The Columbian published a story detailing his history of sex offenses. Following his April 12 arrest, the case raised questions about when parents and students — who had no idea of Thompson’s status — should be notified that a sex offender attends a school. State law prevents such information from being shared at school.
Thompson was ordered to register as a sex offender after being sentenced in February 2010 for sexual assault. He also accepted a plea deal that year — to a misdemeanor charge of communication with a minor for immoral purposes — relating to allegations he molested a 7-year-old girl.
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