April 18, 2014

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Women recount sexual assaults by Montville Twp. man

MEDINA — A 22-year-old woman testified Wednesday that a Montville Township man sexually assaulted her four times over 2½ years at his home.

Wednesday was the second day of testimony in the trial of Patrick J. Shank, 45, of 5170 Chippewa Road.

Patrick Shank

Shank is charged with four third-degree felonies: two counts of sexual battery and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

He also is charged with two counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor, which are first-degree misdemeanors.

Prosecutors said Shank forced a York Township girl to have sex with him several times between 2008 and 2010. The girl, who was 13 in 2008, testified Tuesday.

On the witness stand Wednesday, another woman, now 22, said she had four sexual encounters with Shank against her will, which took place in his second-floor bedroom. She said she started going to the home in 2008 to visit Shank’s three teenage children and often would spend the night.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Kenneth Lewis asked why she didn’t go to the police.

“I was scared,” she said, “and I felt threatened because he told me not to tell anyone.”

She said she had seen guns in the Shank home.

Lewis asked the girl why she continued to go to Shank’s home for 2½ years.

She said she was afraid to stop visiting because people might ask why.

Also on the stand Wednesday, a 20-year-old woman said Shank molested her when she was 16 the morning after a party at his home. She testified he did it again that afternoon while she showered.

Lewis questioned why the woman stuck around after the first event.

She said she had no car and no driver’s license and was waiting on a ride.

Asked why she felt comfortable enough to take a shower in the home, she said she trusted him.

“He was one of us,” she said.

Three witnesses who have testified so far said that Shank, who is the lead singer in a heavy metal band, sexually molested them at his home — sometimes at parties where they said he provided them with alcohol.

Under cross examination, both witnesses Wednesday echoed Tuesday’s witness in that they did not scream or yell while Shank molested them, despite other people being home.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier reminded jurors that the women were not identified as victims. Their purpose in the trial, he said, is to aid the prosecution in identifying a pattern of behavior.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman declined to explain why Shank was charged only with molesting the 17-year-old girl who testified Tuesday. He said he could not comment until after the trial.

Another witness Wednesday was identified as the victim in one of Shank’s contributing delinquency charges.

Sarah Kaletta, 19, said she was 17 when Shank provided her with alcohol at his home and tried to seduce her last year.

The prosecution entered into evidence photos showing Shank and Kaletta in Shank’s garage participating in a drinking game. Bottles of liquor and beer could be seen in the photos, which were taken with a cell phone camera.

Shank’s defense attorney questioned the identity of the people in the photographs, pointing out that many were blurry or out of focus.

Kaletta said she recognized herself and Shank in the photos.

The trial is scheduled to continue 9 a.m. today.

Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

  • anon552

    Wow, really Gazette printing a potential victim’s name…classy.

  • reader

    Why would they not protect her identity along with the others?

  • medina

    i hope this man goes to jail for a long time and is labelled as a predator to protect others

  • medina 1

    No evidence = no crime , These young ladies are disturbed and spoiled brats with nothing better to do but ruin honest people’s lives. I have known this family and man for many yaers and he is a good guy and has helped out many young people .It’s a shame they repay him and his family for their kindness with these nasty disgusting lies.

  • Marksucks

    Anyone who knows Pat knows how completely bogus this is. For christsake the man has kids in the medina school system and is an upstanding member of the community. If you are father to young girls you should really watch what happens in your house cause if this could happen to a guy like Pat it could happen to any of you. Let’s all pray we don’t lock up a good honest man cause some girls are being manipulated by Mark Survance

  • Medina2

    Why would anyone have saved this blurry cell phone picture of a man who raped them. I have flash backs of the Monica Lewinsky dress scandeln going on. Anyone else???

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    Im glad im not Mark Survance!

  • medina 1

    The entire story is made up due to one snich Mark Survance and his female buddies getting revenge on Pat Shank for him beating Mark up for trying to sleep with his daughter. I could almost guarantee Mark has something on these girls legally and has threartened them in order to get them to say these terrible thingsto get back at Pat because he can’t beat him up himself. The Shank family are hard working people with nice kids and hard working friends. These girls arerouble drug and alchol abusers from abusive families who got in trouble with the police and have made a deal with the devil to get out.of it.

  • justice has been served

    Justice has been served. Thank you jurors for your independant objective opinion in your determination that Pat Shank is a rapist and child molestor on many levels. And thank God those parties are over.

  • commonsense

    mark is a hard working man and is serving our country. fyi another girl who was reading the paper came forward yesterday morning she was a babysitter for the family in the early 2000′s

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    Thats funny. Hard working? HAHAHA He befriends girls on the internet, gets to know them then has them busted for drug crimes. Oh and gets paid to do it too so watch out ladies. n Workin real hard at LOLOLOL

  • commonsense

    you are justed miffed your CHILD RAPIST friend is in jail so stfu

  • yup you win

    Dads in jail. Hes a disgrace to the family and community and always will be. yup i guess you win. And since you are so very clever, did it ever occur to you that as you perpetuate your arguments on line, it only permanently puts more comments about your family out there forever? Every time you do, you bury your father more . Guess you win again.

  • no longer upstanding

    “upstanding member of the community”? more like bentover now.

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    lol told ya! I speak only facts! you need to be educated.

  • Mark

    1) I never drove home that night. My sober friends drove me home. 2) I didn’t have sex that night or try to have sex. 3) pat sure as hell never hit me. 4) I work full time and I’m part time military. If any of you want to know anything about the trial, go request the info. Its public record. Don’t believe this BS people come up with because they’re upset their dad/ friend whatever got caught doing something so terribly wrong he’s going to pay for it for the rest of his life.

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    No DNA test? Realy?

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    Damn this is fun watching them implode…

  • dumb as dad

    This kills me how you continue to put your fathers violent behavior and why people should be scared of him out there in writing.