Sirens & Gavels

Luring suspect's girlfriend: He's innocent

The girlfriend of a Spokane Valley man accused of trying to lure teenage girls while masturbating in his car says he's wrongly accused.

"I know 100 percent for a fact he didn't do those things," Marina Corbin told The Spokesman-Review. "I'm with him everyday."

Michael J. McBride, 28, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of indecent exposure and one count of luring. He was arrested Oct. 6 after police aid two of three alleged victims identified him from a photo montage. Corbin said McBride plans to take the case to trial and will obtain phone records and witness statement to prove his innocence.

Police, however, say the case against McBride is solid. It began Sept. 22 when a 13-year-old girl said a man who was masturbating in his car asked if she wanted a ride home.

Another 13-year-old girl reported a similar incident Sept. 24, then another girl reported an incident that occurred Sept. 12. Detectives said they saw McBride in the area after a 911 caller reported a man trying to get a 14-year-old into his car. A police news release said McBride said he'd dropped off a student whom he couldn't name, but Corbin said she knows the man McBride dropped off and said he's willing to talk to police.

Police said a third victim who didn't identify McBride in a photo montage accurately described his white Subaru, but Corbin said McBride's Subaru is actually grey.

He remains in Spokane County Jail on $50,000 bond.




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