Guilty pleas for Michael S. Stanley, rapist arrested in West Seattle after fleeing Canada

10:46 AM: In Seattle Municipal Court this morning, Michael S. Stanley pleaded guilty. He’s the convicted rapist arrested in a West Seattle alley not long after fleeing Canada, where he was being sought after illegally cutting off a monitoring device. Stanley, a U.S. citizen, has been in jail here since his arrest October 22nd, held in lieu of $100,000 bail. According to the Municipal Court web docket, he pleaded guilty to both charges filed against him last fall – harassment and resisting arrest. Hat tip to reporter Jennifer Sullivan from The Seattle Times [WSB partner] for first word of Stanley’s pleas; we’re checking on sentencing (the docket mentions only suspended sentences and credit for time served, but the city court docket does not link to full documentation) and will update this story. To date, Stanley has never been charged in connection with the allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenager the same morning he was arrested here.

10:59 AM UPDATE: City Attorney’s Office spokesperson Kimberly Mills says the credit-for-time-served calculation is still under way and promises more information later, but for starters “he’s not getting out today.”

2:16 PM UPDATE: Mills has sent a news release that, in addition to other information, indicates Stanley will remain in jail at least two more months:

Registered sex offender Michael S. Stanley on Tuesday pleaded guilty to harassment and resisting arrest charges stemming from his arrest in West Seattle last October.

Stanley has been held in the King County Jail on $100,000 bail, an unusually high amount for misdemeanor charges, while the King County Prosecutor’s Office investigates a separate, alleged sexual assault by Stanley on a teenage male. Stanley, 48, is an American citizen who re-entered the United States last fall from Canada, where he has an extensive sex crimes record. Also, in Washington state, he was earlier convicted of first-degree burglary and DUI.

Before Municipal Court Judge Willie Gregory, Stanley admitted to the harassment charge that, while intoxicated on the morning of Oct. 22, he was making loud noises in an alley behind a residence in West Seattle. When a male victim asked him to be quiet, Stanley repeatedly threatened to beat him up, and then resisted arrest when contacted by Seattle police officers.

With credit for time served and 154 days of the 364-day sentence for harassment suspended, Stanley is eligible for release on March 10, according to jail officials. The time on the lesser charge of resisting arrest was suspended consecutive to the 210 in-custody days he received on the harassment charge, and can be revoked should Stanley violate the conditions of probation.

According to the sentence recommendation from the City and ordered by the judge, 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. Stanley, who is homeless, will be under the court’s jurisdiction for two years.

9 Replies to "Guilty pleas for Michael S. Stanley, rapist arrested in West Seattle after fleeing Canada"

  • Mike January 14, 2014 (11:47 am)

    So, still not going to serve time for sexually assaulting an underage victim. Greaaaaaaat

  • Rick in the Park January 14, 2014 (12:18 pm)

    Many thanks to the police for handling the obnoxious drunks
    at Shelter Two in Lincoln Park this morning. Good Job!

  • themightyrabbit January 14, 2014 (2:31 pm)

    Ugh. Not enough time.

  • Jason January 14, 2014 (5:25 pm)

    Um Canada, you dropped something down here.

  • Carole January 14, 2014 (9:50 pm)

    This was Municipal Court, which handles misdemeanors. Not yet charged on the sexual assault in Superior Court (a felony, different prosecuting entity), but they have some time to continue to investigate while he sits in jail. That could still happen. If the county prosecutor is going to charge the felony they will want to have all their ducks lined up to make the charges stick.

  • Ex-Westwood Resident January 15, 2014 (6:45 am)

    Just wondering if he will be deported/returned to Canada, or just released like all the other violent ILLEGAL ALIEN/IMMIGRANT offenders?

    • WSB January 15, 2014 (6:51 am)

      Please read the story. As noted there, as in previous coverage here and elsewhere, Stanley is a U.S. citizen.

  • miws January 15, 2014 (8:49 am)

    Just wondering if he will be deported/returned to Canada, or just released like all the other violent ILLEGAL ALIEN/IMMIGRANT offenders?


    OMG. *facepalm* *headdesk* *head explodes*


    Ever since we first heard of this guy, from last October when he fled Canada, and entered the United States, all of the media, including WSB, on which I have read and seen/heard reports of him, they have made it perfectly clear that he is a United States Citizen, not Canadian. I would almost be willing to bet it has been mentioned, and clearly, in absolutely every story related to him.


    I’m as ashamed as the next person, that he is “one of us”, instead of “one of them”, but my god, I get so tired of reading the ignorant, knee-jerk comments. Especially repeatedly from the same commenters.



  • Acg January 15, 2014 (11:34 am)

    He will be released on March 10th. Buckle up, everybody. Makes me sick.

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