Sex offender who fled Canada to Seattle registers near downtown preschool

FILE - This undated file image provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows Michael Sean Stanley. Stanley, 48, was found Thursday Oct. 17, 2013 in downtown Seattle and told to register as a sex offender, the Seattle Police Department said. He was not arrested because Canadian authorities have declined to try extraditing him, although Seattle police said he could be arrested if he fails to register.
Image Credit: (AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police, File)

SEATTLE - Records show a sex offender who caused school closures before he fled Canada is now registered at an address near Pike Place Market in Seattle — a block from a preschool.

Washington state's sex offender registry listed Michael Sean Stanley today as a transient "level 2" offender. Sheriff's Office Sgt. Cindi West said she was checking to see why Stanley was not given a "level 3" status reserved for high-risk offenders.

Stanley has a history of sexual offences against women and children and had been missing since Oct. 1, when he left Edmonton and cut off his electronic-monitoring bracelet in Canada.

Canadian officials issued a public alert describing Stanley as an untreated, violent offender who posed a significant risk. Canadian authorities have decided not to seek Stanley's extradition.

Stanley was able to cross the border. Authorities located him in the Seattle area last week and asked him to register as a sex offender.


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