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Man facing multiple assault charges accused of rape

A man already facing a litany of charges for assaulting and stealing from multiple women is now facing a charge of second-degree rape after his victim said she recognized him in news reports earlier this year.

Michael J. NcNearney, 24, was ordered held on $75,000 bond on the rape charge during a brief court appearance Tuesday.

The victim reported her rape to police when it occurred in 2012, but only knew the man she met on an online dating web site as Mike, according to court documents. She saw McNearney in news reports in March after he was arrested on other charges and recognized him, documents say.

Police say McNearney meets his victims online, through social media and at local bars. He often claimed to be an active duty Marine but has no record of service, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. His user name on the Plenty of Fish dating website was “MarineMike77,” according to court documents.

In early March McNearney was charged with theft, forcible indecent liberties, unlawful imprisonment and domestic violence assault. The charges involve several different women. In the indecent liberties case, McNearney is accused of grabbing the crotch of a Davenport Hotel bartender as she walked by him with a tray of drinks.

The unlawful imprisonment charge is related to an incident in a Davenport Hotel room in February. The victim recorded the assault without his knowledge on her cell phone, according to court documents. In the recording the victim reportedly can be heard struggling and telling McNearney to stop and let her go.

McNearney was out on bail on a charge of domestic violence assault by strangulation when he was previously arrested in February.

Nearly all the victims also said McNearney pressured and threatened them until they gave him money or credit cards, according to court documents.

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