South Bend man charged with two counts of incest

NOW: South Bend man charged with two counts of incest

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend man has been charged with two counts of incest for having sexual contact with a relative.

A federal parole officer contacted the Indiana State Police in September 2016 after a woman reported Michael Anthony Cinelli had sexual relations with her. She told the officer she and Cinelli are related.

She told investigators Cinelli was released from federal prison in 2016 and not long after that, they agreed to meet at a residence in South Bend.

During this encounter, Cinelli began kissing the woman passionately, and they went to his bedroom and had sexual intercourse, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The woman told police after that incident, she didn't go to Cinelli's residence for several weeks, but went there in September 2016 to give him a chance to make things right.

She said during this encounter they had sexual relations again, according to court documents.

After this encounter, Cinelli allegedly began sending threatening messages to the woman, saying he would expose what happened, reports said.

In February 2017, Cinelli spoke with investigators and allegedly admitted to having sexual intercourse with the woman twice in July 2016 and once in August 2016.

He also admitted they are related biologically.

In July 2017, police obtained samples for DNA testing from the woman and Cinelli. At this time, Cinelli allegedly admitted to violating a protective order against the woman.

The DNA results confirmed the man and the woman are biologically related.

Cinelli was booked into the jail Friday afternoon. He is being held on $10,000 bond.

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