A high-risk sex offender, Michael Sean Stanley, being sought in Canada was allowed back into United States after authorities determined that he was a U.S. citizen and not the subject of an extraditable arrest warrant, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday. Stanley has a long history of sexual offenses against women and children and has been missing since Oct. 1, when he reportedly cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet.
The federal official said U.S. authorities were aware of a warning from Canada that he might try to cross the border. However, officials allowed Stanley through the border in Blaine, Washington, after finding they had no legal authority to extradite him.
Patrycia Thenu, a spokeswoman for the Edmonton Police Service in Canada, said "The detectives would like to see Mr. Stanley arrested and held accountable.” Jack Williams, the acting chief deputy of the U.S. Marshals Service in western Washington, said there is nothing law enforcement can do about Stanley's case unless there is a provisional arrest warrant for authorities to act on.
Stanley was being monitored by police under a peace bond, which authorities can get to impose conditions on individuals in the community. His peace bond has 20 conditions, including one ordering him to stay away from children.
Thenu said there were definitely concerns within the community when Stanley breached some of those conditions. "There is a reason why he was being monitored and wearing a monitoring bracelet," Thenu said.
Thenu said authorities in Canada are working with several law enforcement agencies in the United States.