Sex offender pleads guilty to harassment in West Seattle incident

by Tim Clifford

When discussing the crimes of violent sex offender Michael Stanley it may be easier to break them down by the locations where they were committed.

On Tuesday Stanley pleaded guilty to charges of harassment and resisting arrest during an incident in a West Seattle alleyway in October. Stanley had been held on $100,000 bail, an unusually high amount for these crimes so that the King County Prosecutor’s office could investigate a sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred at the same time as the charges Stanley plead guilty to. Stanley was sentenced to two months in prison.

Last fall Stanley re-entered the United States from Canada where he had tallied up an extensive record of sex crimes. Cutting off the electronic monitoring bracelet that had been placed on him he made his way across the border and into the west Seattle area. Previously convicted of first degree burglary and DUI in Washington State, Stanley found himself in trouble once again on Oct. 22 in alley behind a residence in West Seattle.

In this instance Stanley had allegedly lured a sixteen-year-old boy into the alley way with alcohol and proceeded to sexually assault him. The boy struggled, pulled a knife and managed to run away. Those living in houses nearby called police, reporting yelling and loud noises in the alleyway. One resident who began yelling out of his window at Stanley to be quiet was answered with threats of physical violence. When police arrived, Stanley resisted arrest but was ultimately detained and charged. A trial for the sexual assault case has yet to be set.

Credit for time served as well as a suspension of 154 days from the 364-day sentence for harassment means that Stanley will be eligible for release on March 10. According to an official press release from the Seattle City Attorney’s office Stanley must “provide a DNA sample; obey written anti-harassment orders protecting the three victims; not violate criminal law; have no alcohol or drug offenses; abstain from marijuana; undergo chemical dependency treatment; possess no weapons, and update the court on his current address”.

As of this writing Stanley is recognized as being homeless.

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