Fugitive Michigan Sex Offender Arrested In Mexico Thanks To TV Show, Tips

WWJ News
February 05, 2020 - 1:20 pm
William Troy Stanson Case

William Troy Stanson

(WWJ) A wanted Michigan man who was featured on the Investigation Discovery network one week ago has been arrested in Mexico.

Fugitive sex offender William Troy Stanson was the focus of an episode of  "In Pursuit with John Walsh" — a spinoff of "America's Most Wanted" — on January 29. 

According to Michigan State Police, tips came in just hours after the show aired that directly led to his location and arrest. 

"We are so incredibly happy!" Investigation Discovery (@DiscoveryID) tweeted on Wednesday. "We cannot thank our #TeamInPursuit viewers for coming through on all the cases, especially this one. Thank you to the brave tipster in Mexico!"

State police say the arrest on Tuesday by Guardia Eststal de Seguridad of Baja California is a sign of the great cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies in the U.S.  and Mexico. 

Once it was determined that Stanson was out of the country, police say, the St. Joseph Michigan FBI office was contacted and coordinated efforts. 

The FBI obtained an Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) warrant and requested assistance from their Mexico law enforcement partners in Baja California, located in northwestern Mexico. 

Stanson, 53, has been on the run since 2015 after being charged with first degree sexual assault of a minor investigated by the MSP Niles Post, and accosting a minor investigated by Bridgman Police Department.

The Michigan Sex Offender Registry shows Stanson was convicted on June 15, 2015, on a felony charge of Children - Accosting for Immoral Purposes in case that involved minors at a party.

"Some young girls had reported to their parents that he had accosted them," MSP Lt. DuWayne Robinson told WWJ's Michael Cohen. "He was divorced at the time, and he had cusatody of his daughter, and she invited some friends over for a Halloween party. And during that party, this is when those initial acts took place."

While Stanson was awaiting sentencing in that case, another alleged victim came forward, leading to additional charges. That's when Stanson disappeared. 

"The arrest of Stanson was a culmination of the public's help and numerous law enforcement agencies working together to include the Michigan State Police. Bridgman Police Department (MI). FBI, U.S. Marsha. Guardia Estatal de Seguridad (Baja California. MX) and the television show 'In Pursuit with John Walsh' featuring the investigations on Investigative Discovery Network," police said, in a statement. "Law enforcement would also like to thank the family of the victims for their assistance and cooperation throughout this investigation."

As of Wednesday morning, Stanson had been extradited to U.S. He will be transported to Berrien County, Michigan where he is expected to face charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, and failure to appear for sentencing on the original charge of accosting a minor.