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TODAY   |  October 18, 2013

Police: Sex offender who fled Canada is in Seattle

High-risk sex offender Michael Sean Stanley, 48, fled Canada and has been tracked down in Seattle, police say. Canadian authorities decline to extradite Stanley, who is an American citizen, and U.S. officials are now ordering him to register or face arrest.

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>> a high risk sex offender who fled canada has been tracked down in seattle. u.s. authorities are now ordering him to register or face possible arrest.

>> reporter: seattle police say officers found michael sean stanley thursday when staff stopped the convicted sex offender from trying to contact a guest and called the police.

>> he is considered a violent sexual predator .

>> reporter: he's been the subject of a search for more than two weeks. he cutoff his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled to seattle. and while his whereabouts are known, stanley has not been arrested in the u.s. the reason, canadian authorities declined to extradite him. he will be forced to register as a sex offender and could be arrested if he fails to do so.

>> we can't arrest someone when the person issuing the warrant won't come get them.

>> he has a long history of sexual offenses against women and children . after his release in canada he was monitored by police and required to wear an ankle bracelet at all times. local residents say the community is on edge.

>> we're all strong street savvy and city savvy people around here but you never know what's lurking with things like that.

>> stanley has not committed any recent crimes in the u.s. at this time he is homeless but police say he told them he has a plan to get himself off the streets soon.