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Suspect Arrested In West Valley School Sex Case

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: School Resource Deputy Ed Cashman Wednesday arrested a 28-year-old Spokane Valley man for his involvement in a series of sex crimes and luring incidents around West Valley schools.

Michael James McBride was booked into jail on two felony counts of Luring and three misdemeanor counts of Indecent Exposure. Cashman arrested the suspect at his apartment in the 8900 block of East Broadway shortly before noon.

On September 22nd, a 13-year-old female student reported being followed by a man in a car in the area of Marietta and Center. The male driver pulled alongside her and asked her if she wanted a ride home. The girl saw that the man's pants were down and he was masturbating. The student continued walking home and the vehicle drove off.

On September 24th, a 13-year-old female student was walking home north of Orchard Center Elementary School when a car pulled alongside of her and the male driver asked if she wanted to get into the vehicle. She saw that his pants were down and he was masturbating.

The girl crossed nearby railroad tracks to escape to a friend's home and saw that the suspect was pacing her, but it drove off when she reached the safe residence.

On September 30th, Cashman received another report from a 16-year-old female student who said that on September 12th, a Sunday, she had been riding her bike in the area of Girard and Bridgeport when she was approached by a man in a car who had his pants down and was masturbating. 

She gave the license plate on the car to Cashman who ran it through Dept. of Licensing.  It returned to a 1997 Subaru Legacy registered to McBride. The SRD began assembling a photo montage for the victims to view.

However, that same day, 911 received a complaint of a lewd conduct incident in the 8300 block of East Buckeye. The complainant said a man who had previously tried to get the 14-year-old student into his car had returned to the area.

Deputy Ryan Walter drove into the area and spotted the Subaru making a U-Turn and stopping on the south side of Euclid at Dick. Michael McBride was driving and said he had dropped off a student that he couldn't name.

Walter checked the suspect's driving status and learned his license is suspended. He issued him a citation for Third-Degree Driving while License Suspended and an infraction for Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. Cashman now had the suspect's home address.

Yesterday he completed a photo montage that included the suspect, and two of the three victims identified McBride as the man that had confronted them. Although the third victim did not identify the suspect by face, she accurately described his white Subaru that had black bumpers, hood, wheels and door trim.

McBride has a 13-year local criminal history with no prior convictions. 

Deputy Cashman has been the West Valley School District's SRD since September 1st of this year.  He noted that all of McBride's known victims were juvenile females walking or biking alone. 

He stressed the importance of having students walk to and from school with a friend or fellow student, especially as the days grow shorter and darker this fall. He also noted that it is important for parents to discuss this type of activity with their children before they become potential victims.

 

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