Spokane, Washington – Michael McNearney Jr has been arrested on six counts of rape, and seven other charges. McNearney, 25, would lie about being an Active Duty Marine to win the trust of his victims. He is accused of raping four women in 2013, including one of the victims three different times in one month, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office in 1st District Court.
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“Michael claimed to have been in the Marines for two years, owned a house, owned an Audi and a truck,” according to a police report. “Michael claimed he worked in the oil fields in North Dakota. All of this turned out to be a lie.”
The woman said she felt sorry for McNearney, who allegedly told lies about him being molested as a child and having cancer.
Another woman, who is now 26 and lives in Hayden, told Coeur d’Alene police she was allegedly raped in February 2013 by McNearney after meeting him on PlentyOfFish.
He asked this woman for money to pay a medical bill for his child, according to a police report.
McNearney, who has never been in the Marines, has a Marine Corps motto tattooed on his back.
“Mr. McNearney created a position of power and authority,” Kootenai County deputy prosecutor Eileen McGovern told Magistrate James Stow. “And then he took advantage of them,” hustling thousands of dollars from the women.
In some cases, McGovern said, McNearney raped the women, often on multiple occasions.
“He said he was a Marine,” a 30-year-old alleged victim recalled from the witness stand. She said she was raped by McNearney in August 2013. “Marines usually have honor.”
Women testified that he would tell them to just shut up, that they wanted it and loved it, during the alleged rapes.
Women testified he would punctuate offenses with a comment like, “It’s not rape if you yell surprise,” or “It’s not rape if I say surprise first.”
Leading to the hearing, prosecutors charged him with several counts of rape, and added charges of felony grand theft of financial transaction cards and felony grand theft by deception.
Defense attorney Chris Schwartz argued that McNearney getting money from the alleged victims and not paying it back, even if he said he would, shouldn’t be considered theft by deception.
Schwartz said the women only felt ripped off after their relationships or friendships with McNearney ended.
“All these people thought they were doing something for a loved one,” Schwartz told Stow.
At the conclusion of Friday’s hearing, Stow decided that McNearney would be moved to District Court to face seven counts of felony rape. A trial date will be set later.
Stow also believed the prosecution had brought forward enough evidence during the hearing to show probable cause on two counts of felony grand theft of financial transaction cards and two counts of felony grand theft by deception.
Testimony from alleged victims in court showed a pattern of McNearney meeting women on an online dating website called “PlentyOfFish” under the name “magicmike.” He met another at a bar.
Soon he was convincing them to give him hundreds and often thousands of dollars.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I’ll pay you back,'” a 34-year-old alleged victim testified Friday. She recalled noticing several unauthorized charges on her credit card and confronted McNearney.
She admitted spending hundreds of dollars on him at the Buckle clothing store after he claimed he needed some new duds to wear to his grandparents’ anniversary party. He racked up hundreds of dollars in debts to her, after they met while she was a waitress at a Coeur d’Alene bar and grill.
Other women spent money on him for clothes at Buckle. Some paid gambling debts for him.
He blew hundreds of dollars of the waitress’ money gambling – not long after first meeting her.
“He said he was really good at blackjack,” she testified. He claimed he could count cards, and would win big.
She also gave him money so he could pay child support he said he owed.
When the debts really mounted, and he was further confronted, he claimed he sold a truck he owned and would pay her back. That never happened.
When the waitress’ bank called and asked about a long list of new charges on a credit card, she didn’t tell the bank they were unauthorized. She just said she would handle the situation.
“I thought he was my friend, and I didn’t want anyone to get in trouble,” she told the court.
The sheriff’s office press announcement said McNearney was the subject of a lengthy investigation into possible charges of identity theft, assaults, threats and other crimes possibly involving more than a dozen women in Spokane and Kootenai counties dating back to 2010.
He is reported to have met most of the women at night clubs, bars, on social media and via online dating websites.
“He often claims he is an active-duty Marine in trying to gain favor and credibility, but the U.S. armed services confirm he has never been in the military,” the sheriff’s office said.
In 2014 he was arrested for first-degree theft, unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence, fourth-degree domestic violence assault and indecent liberties. The charges involve three different victims, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory. McNearney was out on bail on a charge of second-degree domestic violence assault by strangulation when he was arrested.
I see a pattern of criminal violence with this guy, rape, assault and he seems to get more violent with every act. We will update this story as we get more information on court dates etc. I wonder if anyone has photos of this Marine Corps tattoo on his back?