Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prosecutors: Idaho Suspect Charged With Rape and Theft, Was Serial Liar

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM

click to enlarge Michael McNearney Jr. - SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Office
  • Michael McNearney Jr.
A long line of women in northern Idaho want justice for what they say was a long list of lies told by 24-year-old Michael McNearney Jr.

Among other things, prosecutors say, McNearney claimed the following:

-He was a U.S. Marine.
-He was a good friend to the local sheriff and judge.
-He was struggling with cancer.
-He was homeless and often slept on the beach of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
-He had, on several occasions, thousands of dollars in the bank.

None of it was true, according to prosecutors, adding McNearney stretched and often shattered the truth to get into the good graces of a string of women in Kootenai County.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports McNearney has been spending a lot of time in a Kootenai County courtroom in a lengthy probable cause hearing. Prosecutors said McNearney hustled thousands of dollars from the women. The Press reports at the conclusion of the hearing on April 17, the case was transferred to Idaho's First District Court where McNearney will face seven counts of felony rape in addition to grand theft.

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