Michael Sean Stanley, a violent sex offender who recently fled Canada, was arrested for harassment early Tuesday morning in Seattle. Police said several calls reporting a disturbance in an alley led them to Stanley. When police arrived, they said Stanley became combative. He appeared intoxicated and said he had a small knife.
The Seattle Police Department said Stanley was suspected of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in the alleyway just before Stanley was arrested.
“A 16-year-old male walks over to the officers and basically tells them that he was sexually assaulted by the guy they had in handcuffs,” Seattle Police Department’s Renee Witt told ABC’s Seattle-Tacoma affiliate KOMO News.
According to police, Stanley made conversation with the teenager in a grocery store just before 6 a.m. He then walked with the boy into an alleyway, where police say he grabbed and sexually assaulted him.
This caused the loud disturbance that led to Stanley’s arrest, according to police.
“This morning we just heard a man yelling outside our window,” a neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, he told KOMO News. “We were actually scared to look outside.”
Stanley had crossed into the United States from Canada earlier this month after cutting off his electronic monitoring device (he had been released from jail in Canada in April 2011 after serving a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement, but was being monitored under a peace bond, according to The Associated Press). Officials portrayed Stanley as a violent offender who posed a major risk.
Canadian officials declined to extradite Stanley, who is a U.S. citizen, when he surfaced in Seattle last week.
Stanley registered as a sex offender with the King County Sheriff’s Office, and public records show his address as one block away from a preschool.
Currently in King County jail on the harassment charge, Stanley will be rebooked on felony sexual assault charges. He is due to appear in King County court Wednesday afternoon.