Accused child predator dies in Arizona


WALKER, Mich – A suspected child predator who spent the last years of his life running from law enforcement in West Michigan has died in Arizona, federal authorities say.

Investigators say Stanley Mason died of natural causes in Phoenix while living at homeless shelters in that area.

Mason was the target of a nearly four-year long manhunt originating in Walker.  A warrant for his arrest was issued in January 2013, with Mason accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.  The crimes are said to have occurred between February and August 2012.

Charges for Mason also included producing sexually abuse material involving the child while using a computer to commit a crime.

The search for Mason led local and federal authorities to several different states, including Mississippi, Georgia and Arizona.  Federal authorities said Mason had taken steps to live life off the grid when he was spotted in Arizona a few years ago.


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