Missing sex offender's vehicle found in Lethbridge: police
Published Monday, October 7, 2013 8:16PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 7, 2013 9:28PM EDT
Police say a high-risk sex offender who has been missing for almost a week may be in Lethbridge after locating his vehicle in the southern Alberta town on Monday.
The RCMP has been looking for Michael Sean Stanley, 48, since Tuesday, when his electronic monitoring bracelet was cut off.
In a news release, Lethbridge Regional Police said they seized Stanley’s purple Chevrolet Blazer from a west-end home, and confirmed that he was in the city on Oct 4. Police say Stanley also has familial ties to Lethbridge.
His current whereabouts are unknown, police said. He is now wanted for breaching the conditions of his release.
“We’re asking the public to look at Mr. Stanley’s photo, be aware that he may still be in the city and call police immediately if they see him,” said Kristen Harding, executive officer with Lethbridge’s police service.
“Mr. Stanley poses a significant risk to the community and we are advising everyone to be vigilant about their safety, but not to take any vigilante action.”
Stanley is on Alberta’s high-risk offender list. He has taken children from playgrounds in the past and has a long history of sex offences, police said.
His disappearance has put communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan on high alert. After several unconfirmed sightings, eight schools in the Kindersley region, located about 200 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon, were placed on partial lockdown starting Thursday.
Last week, schools in the city of Lloydminster, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, were also on lockdown after Stanley’s electronic monitoring bracelet was found on the roof of a local business.
Edmonton police say Stanley was released from prison in April 2011 after serving a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement.
As part of the conditions of his release, he was told to stay away from children.