West Harrison resident pleads guilty to rape

A West Harrison man pled guilty to the second-degree rape of two teenage girls on Jan. 15 and faces five years imprisonment, must register as a sex offender, and possible deportation back to his home country of Jamaica, according to terms of his plea agreement.

Ex-pastor and principal at Harvest Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, Michael Clare of Harrison pled guilty to two counts of second-degree rape. Photo courtesy Village Voice

Ex-pastor and principal at Harvest Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, Michael Clare of Harrison pled guilty to two counts of second-degree rape.
Photo courtesy Village Voice

Michael Clare, 41, will be sentenced on Jan. 30 after pleading guilty to the two charges.

In June 2010, Clare was arrested after a 15-year-old girl told her parents about her relationship with him, leading to his indictment in January 2011. According to prosecutors, the sexual relationship began when the girl was 13 years old and ended when she was 16 years old. She became pregnant at 15 with Clare’s child, as established by DNA evidence.

A statement from the Bronx District Attorney’s office read “The wishes of both victims and the fact that Clare is facing deportation upon the completion of his prison term were taken into consideration when negotiating the plea agreement.”

In March 2012, Clare was charged with raping a second underage girl who was part of his congregation at the Harvest Worship Center International in the Bronx. Clare was also the principal at the Harvest Preparatory Academy in the Bronx.

Clare admitted to beginning the relationship with the first victim in 2007 when she was 13 years old and the second victim in 2009 when she was 14-years-old.

Clare has been in custody of immigration authorities since August 2012. He will be sentenced in Bronx District Court on Jan. 30.

-Reporting by Phil Nobile

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About Phil Nobile

Phil Nobile is a Staff Writer for Hometown Media, mainly writing for the Harrison Review and the Mamaroneck Review. Before joining the Review, Nobile held a web internship at the Hartford Courant performing multiple journalism tasks. A graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., Nobile wrote for the school’s newspaper, the Quinnipiac Chronicle, and held other leadership positions in organizations on campus. Nobile is a lifelong Westchester County resident. You can reach him at 914-653-1000 x17 or phil@hometwn.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @harrisonreview.

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