Beechy School under "hold and secure" precaution, over 25 unconfirmed weekend sightings of high risk sex offender
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RCMP are asking the public to be on the look out for Michael Sean Stanley, 48, after the high risk sex offender cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet in Lloydminster on Monday.
Safety measures continue to be in effect at schools in the West Central portion of Saskatchewan, with RCMP still seeking high risk sex offender Michael Sean Stanley following a series of unconfirmed sightings in the West Central area.
RCMP confirmed that Beechy School, which is located in the Sun West School Division, was under a 'hold and secure' situation on Monday following an unconfirmed sighting of Stanley near the community of Beechy on Friday. That sighting was reported to Kyle RCMP on Saturday, and following a thorough search of the area RCMP announced they did not locate his vehicle. They also stated there have been no confirmed sightings of Stanley.
The Kyle RCMP are monitoring the situations and will advised the public if there is a risk to public safety.
RCMP are continuing to seek the public's assistance in locating Michael Sean Stanley, an individual considered a high risk sex offender, who has a long history of sexual offences and has taken kids from playgrounds in the past. On Oct. 1, Stanley removed his electronic monitoring bracelet while in Lloydminster, and is currently wanted for breach of his court release conditions.
Over the weekend RCMP received more than 25 reports of possible sightings of Stanley, or his vehicle, from across Saskatchewan. However, none of the reported sightings have been confirmed, and several have been proven to the false.
The Chinook School Division are taking additional safety measures by continuing heightened awareness and extra supervision.
The Chinook School Division had taken direction from the RCMP in implementing increased precautions and supervision on Friday at the Leader Composite School, Burstall School and Fox Valley School. The School Division also communicated with all Chinook schools, which were on a "heightened awareness" last week as a precautionary measure, with school personnel being extra vigilant in watching the children. RCMP have advised that they will be increasing police patrols around Southwest schools until the offender is located.
As of Monday morning, there were no indications from the RCMP suggesting that Stanley is in or near communities in the Southwest. The Chinook School Division website noted that specific schools will be notified immediately if Stanley is reported to be in a particular area, and the division will provide updates to all schools as needed.
RCMP have advised that they will be increasing police patrols around Southwest schools until the offender is located.
"Chinook has ongoing communication with the RCMP and will inform families if we are advised to alert any of our schools in southwest Saskatchewan," a statement on the Chinook School Division website (www.chinooksd.ca) noted. "We want to reassure our school communities that we will promptly put measures in place as necessary, based on information and advice from the RCMP."
As an additional precaution, RCMP are reminding parents to speak to their children about overall safety.
On Oct. 3 schools in both Kindersley and Rosetown took precautions after reported sightings in their communities.
Stanley, 48 years old, is described as Metis, 5'9", 190 lbs, black hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a purple 1996 Chevrolet Trail Blazer with a possible Alberta plate BHD1954.
Police advise the public not to approach Stanley if he is located, as he has a violent disposition. If Stanley is spotted the RCMP are advising the public to phone 911.