More than a week after fugitive sex offender Michael Sean Stanley was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in West Seattle, there’s no indication when criminal charges will be filed in the case.
There appears to be no rush to charge Stanley, a 48-year-old U.S. citizen convicted of sex crimes in Canada, since he’s being held in King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail on a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from an Oct. 22 incident the same day as the alleged assault. The unusually high bail amount was granted by a judge, in part, because police are investigating him in connection with the alleged assault.
“We are taking our time,” Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said Thursday of the assault investigation. “He’s in custody with the sexual-harassment investigation.”
Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said his office received the sexual-assault case from Seattle police late Thursday. However, it’s unclear when, or if, charges could be filed.
In the meantime, the 16-year-old alleged victim was held at the King County Youth Services Center for 24 hours on an “at-risk youth petition” after Stanley’s arrest, authorities said. The teen is a runaway from South King County and homeless, according to police.
Stanley’s Oct. 22 arrest came shortly after police responded to a report of a man yelling in a West Seattle alley. 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. They 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 the teenager.
Police say Stanley met the teen at a Safeway store, struck up a conversation with him and 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 on the man who assaulted him.