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Sex offender who fled Canada faces charges in Seattle

SEATTLE – A violent sex offender who recently fled Canada will make an appearance in a Seattle courtroom today as authorities say he is now suspected of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Michael Sean Stanley will first appear in court after being jailed for investigation of harassment for an incident Tuesday morning.

Authorities say Stanley is also being investigated for assault after Seattle police said he met a boy at west Seattle grocery store, struck up a conversation and walked with him to an alley where he plied the teen with alcohol.

Stanley grabbed the teen and sexually assaulted him, police said. The boy pulled a knife and was able to run away and contact police.

Detectives believe the incident happened before police received several calls reporting noise in an alley and Stanley threatening someone who asked him to be quiet. When police arrived, Stanley became combative and said he had a knife. He was arrested and jailed for investigation of harassment.


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