Michael Sean Stanley, 48, was found Thursday in downtown Seattle near the corner of 2nd and Yesler, the U.S. Marshal's office said. He was not arrested because Canadian authorities have declined to try extraditing him, although Seattle police said Stanley will be forced to register as a sex offender and he could be arrested if he fails to do so.
"We will keep a close eye on him to make sure he doesn't reoffend in our city," said Jeff Kapel with Seattle Police.
Stanley has 72 hours to register as a sex offender. If he signs up as homeless, it'll be up to the King County Sheriff's Department to keep tabs on him. If he's at a Seattle address, it becomes SPD jurisdiction.
"It's a very unfortunate situation that he ended up in our city and we have a duty to protect the public," Kapel said. "So we're going to do everything we can to make sure he's closely monitored and he doesn't reoffend and that we keep our community safe."
Stanley has a long history of sexual offenses against women and children and had been missing since Oct. 1, when he cut off his electronic-monitoring bracelet near the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary. In the aftermath, schools in several west-central Saskatchewan communities locked their doors and kept children inside after police got multiple, unconfirmed sightings of the Edmonton man.
Canadian authorities warned U.S. counterparts that Stanley might try to cross the border, but U.S. officials allowed him in after determining he was a U.S. citizen and not the subject of an extraditable arrest warrant. Alberta authorities explored the possibility of seeking Stanley's extradition but eventually decided not to try.
U.S. law enforcement officials have said they can't arrest Stanley unless he commits a crime. Dan Coon, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said this week that Stanley would be treated just like any other person.
"Until he does something illegal, there's really not much we can do," Coon said. "I would just stay clear of him."
Stanley was released from jail in Canada in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement. He recently was sought by Canadian authorities for charges related to removing his bracelet.
Stanley was being monitored by police under a peace bond, which Canadian 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.