SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man is behind bars, accused of four different charges against three different victims.
Twenty-four-year-old Michael McNearney Jr was out on bail for charges of second-degree assault by strangulation when he was arrested again Friday for counts of indecent liberties, theft, unlawful imprisonment and fourth degree assault.
McNearney was arrested today after a long-term investigation by Spokane County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Detectives. They were looking into possible charges of identity theft, assault, threats and other crimes that may involve over a dozen women in Spokane and Kootenai Counties, dating back to 2010.
McNearney reportedly met most of the women involved at local night clubs and bars, as well as social media and online dating sites. He often claimed he was an active duty Marine, but the US Armed Services confirmed has never been in the military.
In an exclusive jailhouse interview, McNearney told KXLY that despite his impressive criminal history, he has never laid a hand on a woman and that the charges are all being filed out of jealousy and spite. However KXLY also spoke with a family member who didn't want to be identified for safety reasons - they told us McNearney has a long history of abusing women and belongs in jail.
Sheriff's Detectives are hoping to identify additional potential victims or witnesses who may have information about McNearney. If you believe you have been a victim, please call Crime Check at 456-2233 or the law enforcement agency in your area to file a report.