Sex offender allowed to cross border
Oct 21, 2013 / 7:39 am
The high-risk sex offender who cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled Canada earlier this month claims the RCMP allowed him to enter the U.S.
Seattle's KIRO News found Michael Stanley living on the streets Friday and interviewed him about his decision to abscond on Oct. 1.
“I had enough, I said I’m leaving this country,” said Stanley, who has a long history of sexual offences against women and children.
Wanted on a warrant for breach of recognizance and mischief, Stanley crossed from Alberta to B.C. then boarded a bus on Oct. 7 for Seattle, where he has relatives and spent part of his childhood.
The 48-year-old told KIRO News he was arrested at the border but eventually permitted to enter the U.S.
“They pulled me, they shackled me, everything. They checked the warrant, they said B.C. didn’t want to act on it because it was an Alberta provincial warrant,” Stanley said Friday.
“RCMP were there so they all knew what was going on.”
CTV News was unable to reach a B.C. RCMP spokesperson Friday night.
Last week, Alberta Justice announced it would not seek Stanley’s extradition to Canada because the charges he faces don’t involve violence.
Stanley said he’s been told he’ll be monitored by Seattle Police, but hasn’t seen an officer since he registered as a sex offender on Thursday.
“I told them, I said, ‘You guys can watch me, I don’t care. You can walk down the street with me but you’re not going to catch me doing anything.’”
The convict claims he merely wants a fresh start in Washington State and has no intention of committing any crimes.
His notoriety has made it difficult for him to access support services, he added.
“Everybody recognizes my face and they don’t look at me [and think], ‘There’s a nice guy,’ or ‘It could be a nice guy.’ They go, ‘Oh, there’s that piece of shit,’ or ‘There that’s creep.’”
Stanley’s criminal record in Canada dates back to 1987. He last received a 32-month prison term for assault and forcible confinement involving two mentally challenged boys.
According to parole board records, he lured the victims into a washroom, blew crack smoke in their faces and sexually assaulted them.
One of his release conditions in Canada was that he stay away from children.
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