Former West Branch school employee takes plea

Narehood charged with having sex with 14-year-old student

CLEARFIELD — A man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student in his office at a Clearfield County school signed a plea agreement the Monday morning.

Police charged Michael William Narehood, 23, of Karthaus, with multiple felony sex related offenses stemming from to an alleged incident in May at the West Branch School.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Narehood, a former assistant technology coordinator, was alone with the 14-year-old girl in his office at 4:15 p.m. May 10 when he began kissing and fondling the victim. This reportedly led to the two having sex.

In an interview with investigators on May 12, Narehood admitted to his actions, according to the criminal complaint.

Narehood was scheduled to go to trial Monday in Clearfield County Court on felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with someone less than 16 years old, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, school-intercourse/sexual contact with student and corruption of minors, as well as a misdemeanor count of indecent assault.

Prior to the start of proceedings, Narehood signed an open plea to all charges, and Judge Paul Cherry canceled the trial.

An open plea means that no specific sentence is included in the agreement.

District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. noted that the commonwealth is not opposing or recommending whether Narehood should receive concurrent or consecutive sentences on the various charges. He is leaving that to the court to decide.

Cherry stated that a sentencing hearing for Narehood will be scheduled within 60 to 90 days, after he receives an assessment to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.

According to a previous article, Narehood’s defense team of Helen A. Stolinas and Ryan Sayers filed a motion to suppress his confession because it came while he was upset. Stolinas said his interview was ended at that point and that “intervention was needed” for him.

The motion was dismissed by Cherry because it was filed in an untimely manner, a month after the deadline for omnibus motions.


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