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Shade Township man to face rape, molestation charges in county court

May 16, 2019

A 50-year-old Shade Township man will face 187 felony and misdemeanor charges in Somerset County court related to accusations that he sexually abused two children over several years, starting in 1996.

The charges, filed April 15 by state police against Michael Merringer Sr., North Folino Road, include accusations of rape and molestation, according to court documents. The charges were held to court by District Judge Susan Mankamyer of Boswell after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Merringer posted bail on April 18, according to online court documents. Initially, he was placed in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

He is scheduled to be formally arraigned on the charges July 29 in Somerset County court. His attorney is Matthew Zatko of Somerset.