Rapist Michael Stanley, once in trouble in Admiral, accused of rape again; sixth time in jail since end of sentence in WS crime

4:37 PM: Almost a year after our last mention of convicted rapist Michael S. Stanley – who first gained fame for fleeing monitoring in Canada and eventually turned up in here – he’s in jail again. And it’s not the first time he’s been arrested since the end of his sentence in relation to his West Seattle crime.

This new arrest wasn’t in West Seattle, but as pointed out by several readers, it’s of note since he turned up here before. Stanley, who’s 49, is jailed right now for investigation of rape and burglary in the Bryn Mawr area northwest of Renton. The King County Sheriff’s Office announced today that Stanley was arrested Friday. We reported last March on the end of his jail time for a harassment conviction that followed his arrest in an Admiral alley in October 2013. When he left jail a year ago, his sex-offender registration listed a Queen Anne address, but today’s KCSO announcement says he was listed as homeless, and had continued to check in as required. The jail register, however, shows this is the sixth time he’s been there in the past year – three times for failing to appear in connection with the harassment case; then a four-month stay related to alleged vehicle theft and possession of stolen property; then two more months, ending just a week ago, in a burglary case involving a nursing home in Des Moines; he was caught there last December with two knives and a stolen employee-ID badge. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in late January and got out of jail on February 21st, according to the register.

The original conviction that made Stanley a sex offender was for sexually assaulting an 81-year-old woman. He was due for a bail hearing this afternoon in connection with the new case; we’re checking with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for an update on that.

4:55 PM: Our partners at The Seattle Times report that charges were “rush-filed” against Stanley today – rape and burglary – and that he’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

6:25 PM: We’ve obtained today’s documents from the PAO. Stanley is set for arraignment on March 16th and could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of the new charges filed against him.

28 Replies to "Rapist Michael Stanley, once in trouble in Admiral, accused of rape again; sixth time in jail since end of sentence in WS crime"

  • ron west March 2, 2015 (4:44 pm)

    What a joke. This guy should have been in JAIL !!!

  • Jason March 2, 2015 (5:13 pm)

    I think he deserves no more than 17 more chances.

  • marie March 2, 2015 (5:25 pm)

    What a waste of resources and tax payers dollars

  • alki resident March 2, 2015 (5:36 pm)

    Who didn’t see this coming. It angers me so much to see that poor lady on the news tonite who he raped. Rape could’ve been prevented had the people he worked for done a background check on him. My heart breaks for this woman. I hope when he gets sentenced its for LIFE. You CANT FIX scum like this.

  • Terrible!!! March 2, 2015 (5:37 pm)

    This INFURIATES me!! It should have NEVER HAPPENED. We have a system that waits for offenders like this to cause trauma when we know they will. I knew it would happen. And Canada should be blamed too! Shame, shame, shame!!

    • WSB March 2, 2015 (5:39 pm)

      I don’t know how much time I can spend on this one since it’s not WS and a lot of other stories are in queue but so far I can’t figure out why he was let out so quickly after being arrested in December in a nursing home with two knives and a stolen ID badge, given he already had a history of raping an elderly victim. Will be looking further into the records, for starters, but I hope the citywides really dig into this one … TR

  • West Seattle since 1979 March 2, 2015 (5:42 pm)

    He should never be let out. Ever.

  • GlennS March 2, 2015 (5:58 pm)

    You lot as are upset about this (and you all should be!) ought to be poking both the MSM and law enforcement as to why this dude was allowed to plea bargain with a pattern of violence already on his record…

    I’m glad he’s back in the clink. I hope he ends up in Walla Walla and never sees Cascadia again…

  • ScubaFrog March 2, 2015 (6:06 pm)

    My heart’s with the victim. This could, and should have been prevented. We ALL knew this terrorist would strike again. If he’s a Canadian citizen – why was he allowed to cross the border, as a registered sex offender? And why wasn’t he arrested, and returned to Canada (regardless of his national origin)? The US knew he was a fleeing sex offender – surely we have an extradition treaty with Canada.

    Also to WSB’s point, why on earth was he released so quickly after the nursing home escapade – with his history of raping an elderly victim!?

    Hopefully he’s convicted, and detained for life in prison. What I really hope happens to him is against the rules, so I’ll refrain. The victims will forever be deeply scarred by their most egregious violations. God I so, SO hope they’re able to recover.

    WE ALL KNEW HE WOULD REOFFEND. I’m furious. And so sad for the victims.

  • JesseD March 2, 2015 (6:26 pm)

    My heart hurts for this woman…I’m appalled 一Shame on the folks that allowed this to happen.

  • West Seattle Hipster March 2, 2015 (6:48 pm)

    I took a few moments and reread the comments from numerous other article posted on the WSB about this sex offender, and multiple commenters predicted this would happen. What did all of the people know that our so called judicial system did not?

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    Once again, the system failed. The police do their part, but the courts fail us.

  • 2 Much Whine March 2, 2015 (6:57 pm)

    @ScubaFrog, he’s not a Canadian citizen. He’s an American citizen. If I were Canada I wouldn’t want him back either. I certainly can’t blame them. Once we let him back into our country I can’t imagine any other response from Canada than “good riddance to bad rubbish.” If you’re going to be upset at least aim your anger where it belongs – squarely on the forehead of this scum bag. I agree that there are certainly many others that are involved and have some level of responsibility and it’s easy to blame them as well but he needs to be responsible for his actions.

  • alki resident March 2, 2015 (6:58 pm)

    WS HIPSTER- It wasn’t what we all knew it was the inevitable, sex offenders repeat their offenses. They can’t get fixed,cured,treated. This is a very violent man. He went as far as cutting his ankle bracelet in Canada and coming here, next thing you know he’s attacking a teen behind Admiral Theatre. Once he did that, his record was broadcasted of his priors. It didn’t take rocket science to see he is bad bad news. Now this poor elderly lady will live out the last part of her life, a rape victim. I wish to God someone came in during his attack and ended it there.

  • flimflam March 2, 2015 (7:05 pm)

    how terrible. echoing what others have said – should never been allowed to happen. poor woman.

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    I am really curious why people think a guy like this can be “fixed”. who in their right mind would think this? “therapists” who need work? who?

  • howdy March 2, 2015 (7:15 pm)

    This dude is a US citizen. You can’t blame Canada for not wanting him back in their country. What I don’t understand is why he wasn’t detained at our border considering the crimes he committed up there.

  • Judy Adams March 2, 2015 (7:46 pm)

    What’s a “PAO”?

  • joel - the only Joel March 2, 2015 (8:21 pm)

    just goes to show we have an endless supply of money to arrest people but seem to say we lack money to keep them behind bars….point proven again with this idiot…and why is he in this country to begin with?

  • jetcitydude March 2, 2015 (8:28 pm)

    Unbelievable!!

  • Robert2715 March 2, 2015 (8:51 pm)

    Big Tattoo on forehead: “Rapist”.

  • kas March 2, 2015 (9:01 pm)

    Robert2715 = like!
    I’m all for second chances – we’ve all screwed up at one time or another. But he’s obviously shown those chances weren’t enough of a wake up call. Very disappointed in the system here.

  • John March 2, 2015 (9:47 pm)

    Can we please put this man in prison for a very long time. He is nothing more than a menace to society!

  • carole March 2, 2015 (10:14 pm)

    Judy, PAO is prosecuting attorney’s office.

  • Wsparent March 2, 2015 (11:33 pm)

    Robert2715: i am in favor of the rapist tattoo on his head!! Either that or 3rape strikes and you’re dead. Seriously, why is his life of raping more important than innocent lives of women he may encounter.

  • Eric March 3, 2015 (5:26 am)

    WTF is wrong with our court system that this guy has been arrested and jailed 6 times within a year for things like auto theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, AFTER he’s been convicted of even more horrendous crimes and he is not put away for a long time as a menace.

    We don’t seen to have enough money to keep him in jail, but certainly seen to have enough money to suck up the resources of the police to continually arrest him, process him with continual man hours of paperwork, paying public defenders, the courts, judges, prosecutors, staff, the holding jails, baliffs, etc. over and over and yet over again

  • ACG March 3, 2015 (8:43 am)

    Reading the history of this guy in the Seattle Times story that WSB linked above- he is terrifying. Attacking a 15 month old baby, kidnapping children, attacking the elderly in Canada and now his sick crimes here in the US? How many strikes does this guy get? Why can’t that criminal history in Canada be considered to get him locked up for life?

  • lmnop March 3, 2015 (9:21 am)

    I saw this man near my workplace downtown twice after the West Seattle incident. In one case, I alerted security and he seemed to revel in being noticed. In another instance, he made sure I saw him watching me with my two young kids on a break. I cannot tell you how scared and worried I was about being noticed by him. He was a creepy guy and from his background, it was clear he was going to reoffend. I am just so sorry that this woman did not know who he was. And Casa Latina holds some responsibility for not doing a very simple Google search on their employee.

  • wscommuter March 3, 2015 (5:32 pm)

    The problem/reality is that this guy hasn’t committed a prior sexual offense for which he was convicted in WA. His Canadian offense may – or may not – count for sentence enhancement. If he had a prior sexual assault conviction in WA, or a comparable one from another state, then he could be facing a 2-Strike life without parole sentence.
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    However, he does have prior felonies and his Canadian conviction is relevant to a sentence enhancement, so my guess is that he’s facing a very long sentence on this matter (as in close to life, given his age).

  • Laura March 3, 2015 (10:43 pm)

    My prayers to the victim for emotional and physical healing. I hope the authorities know he is laughing at them. Obviously knows how to play the system repeatedly. How many more people need to be harmed by him? 1 million in bail and 20 years, whatever, laughable at this mute point. Perhaps a island with shark infested waters would keep his victims safe.

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