WENATCHEE — A Canadian sex offender with roots in North Central Washington crossed the border into Washington on Monday despite Canadian warrants for his arrest.
Canadian police said Michael Sean Stanley, 48, entered the U.S. at Blaine after fleeing Oct. 1 from his home city of Edmonton, Alberta, where he was under community supervision with an electronic monitoring bracelet.
Edmonton police told reporters Thursday that Stanley apparently passed into the U.S. with the knowledge of Border Patrol authorities, despite warrants on his record and a search for him that had gone on in Canada for the previous six days.
Stanley is considered a high-risk offender, with numerous criminal convictions dating back to the 1980s, including abductions of children from playgrounds, Canadian police said. In 1987 he was convicted of raping an 82-year-old disabled woman. In 2006, he was imprisoned for assault and unlawful confinement after luring two mentally impaired boys to an Edmonton apartment, where he smoked crack and blew the smoke in their faces.
Stanley was under court orders to remain in Edmonton, but his monitoring bracelet was found on the roof of a building in Lloydminster, more than 150 miles east on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. His vehicle was discovered Monday in Lethbridge, Alberta, 300 miles south.
Stanley has lived in Canada for years but has relatives in Entiat, Orondo, Omak and the Wenatchee Valley. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, a former Omak police officer, said Friday he knew Stanley as a low-level criminal there.
“We don’t have anything official saying, ‘If you find him, arrest him’ from Canada,” Rogers said, noting Stanley was last arrested in Okanogan County on a fourth-degree assault charge in 2000.
Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore likewise said his office has had no contact with Stanley and received no notifications to be on the lookout for him.
“If we’d gotten any information on him, it would’ve been entered into our system,” Wisemore said.
Stanley is 5-feet-9 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. Police said anyone spotting him should not try to approach, but contact authorities.