A man who served time for violent sex offenses in Canada before showing up this week in Seattle may not have to register as a sex offender after all.
Michael Sean Stanley, 48, is wanted in Canada for breach of recognizance, mischief and driving charges. He cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and crossed the border into Washington state legally on Oct. 7. Stanley is a U.S. citizen.
Seattle police found him Thursday, but said they could not arrest him because he is not currently wanted for anything in the U.S. However, they said Stanley must register as a sex offender within 72 hours or he would face arrest.
A King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said Stanley tried to register Friday at the county courthouse in Seattle. However, Sgt. Cindi West said authorities here must first consult with law enforcement in Canada to determine what sex offender level Stanley should be assigned the U.S.
If it’s determined he’s a Level 3 sex offender, which is considered most likely to reoffend, his profile would be placed on a sex offender website and his address would be made publicly available.
If he’s a Level 1 or Level 2 offender, he won’t be on the website and his address would not be made available.
There’s also the possibility he may not have to register at all, said West, depending on what they hear from Canadian authorities.
Stanley has a history of sexual offenses in Canada dating back to 1987 as well as a history of taking children from playgrounds. Stanley spent nine years in prison for aggravated assault of an 82-year-old woman in a wheelchair. He was also sentenced in 2006 for assault and unlawful confinement after luring two mentally impaired boys to an apartment.
Stanley is considered by Canadian police to be extremely dangerous. When he cut of his GPS monitor, schools in the area went into lockdown.
Canadian justice officials say they won’t try to extradite Stanley. He already served his time in prison before being placed on GPS monitoring. Alberta prosecutors say the crimes Stanley is currently wanted for in Canada don’t involve violence, so it doesn’t warrant an extradition.