SEATTLE -- A violent sex offender who fled Canada to Seattle made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Appearing before a King County judge, Michael Sean Stanley pleaded not guilty on a harassment charge stemming from an altercation with a West Seattle man on Tuesday.

Stanley has had a history of sexual offenses in Canada. He recently cut off his electronic device in Canada, crossed the border and came to Seattle, but Canadian authorities have declined to extradite him back to Canada.

Wearing a red prison uniform with his hands shackled in front of him, Stanley appeared before the judge by video from the local jail. The judge voiced concerns about his prior record and set bail at $100,000 for the harassment charge.

The Level 3 sex offender was arrested Tuesday morning in West Seattle after getting into an argument with a man. According to police, it started when Stanley met a 16-year-old teenage in an alley and started drinking. Neighbors called police to complain about the noise. One caller said when he asked Stanley to quiet down, he threatened to assault him.

When police arrived, they found Stanley shirtless and in an apparent state of intoxication. He became combative with officers and threatened them and residents, so police arrested him.

Stanley is also being investigated for possible assault of the 16-year-old, who was a homeless teen - another reason why Stanley's bail is so high. He has not been charged with that crime.

Stanley is due back in court in two weeks.

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