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West Harrison Minister Accused of Raping Second Girl

Michael Clare, 40, of West Harrison was arrested Friday, March 23, and charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Clare, a minister at Harvest Worship Center International at 4036 White Plains Road, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl who was part of his congregation. According to a press release, Clare began a relationship with the girl in 2009. Clare, who also served as principal at Harvest Preparatory Academy, is accused of sexual abuse both at the school and at his house in West Harrison.

Prosecutors from the Bronx District Attorney’s office said the abuse happened over a two-year period. Last January, Clare was indicted on rape and other charges in connection with the abuse of a then-12-year-old girl. According to the press release, Clare impregnated that girl when she was 15.

Clare is being held on $700,000 bail. If he posts bail, Clare will be prohibited from being around children under the age of 16 and must surrender his passport.

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