April 18, 2014

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Wife says girls are lying about sex assaults

MEDINA — The wife of a Montville Township man accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls testified Thursday that the girls were lying.

Darla Shank, who is married to Patrick J. Shank, 45, of 5170 Chippewa Road, said, “I wouldn’t be here right now if I believed any of them.”

Patrick Shank

Patrick Shank faces four third-degree felony counts: two each of sexual battery and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. He is also charged with two counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor, which are first-degree misdemeanors.

Three women testified Tuesday and Wednesday that Patrick Shank had sex with them against their will, sometimes while they were drunk with alcohol he provided. They were 13, 16 and 18 when the encounters occurred in 2008, they said. Some of them said that they were afraid to tell anyone about Shank’s assaults because he owned guns.

Darla Shank, however, told the jury that the girls were lying about the sexual assaults and that there was “absolutely no” time when any minors were given alcohol in her home. She also said some of the women who said her husband assaulted them never even stayed the night at the Shank home.

One of the women who testified Tuesday said that Darla and Pat Shank would give their four children “night pills” to help them sleep. The girl, 17, of York Township, testified that the children had taken those pills on the nights Shank forced her to have sex with him from 2008 to 2010.

On the stand Thursday, Darla Shank said there were no sleeping pills in the house.

Her testimony echoed that of Dr. David Mansour, the family’s physician, who testified Wednesday that he never prescribed such medication.

The prosecution, however, produced a document stating Darla Shank had been receiving a prescription for Ambien, a sleep agent, from her gynecologist since at least 2010.

Darla Shank later clarified that she thought the question pertained to the timeframe of her husband’s accused crimes.

Darla Shank, who works nights as a nurse, said her children always kept her informed of what was happening at home. She said there always was supervision, so there was no way the prosecution’s accusations could be true.

Several witnesses testified this week that underage drinking was common in the Shank household.

One woman said Wednesday that Shank tried to seduce her while she was there to play a drinking game in 2011. She said Shank’s youngest son, who was 9 or 10, was asleep on the bed at the time.

The prosecution asked Darla Shank how the woman could have known the boy slept in his parents’ bed if that never happened. She replied the woman could have seen the boy there while using the bathroom.

The prosecution provided a photo of the woman in question and Patrick Shank playing drinking games.

Darla Shank said she wasn’t sure the photo was taken in her home.

Six character witnesses — neighbors and family friends — also testified Thursday and said Patrick Shank was a loving and responsible husband and father. All of them said they had never been offered alcohol at the Shank home when younger than age 21. They also said they never saw Shank make inappropriate comments toward minors.

One of the witnesses, Kayla Thurman, 20, of Cleveland, said she never saw teens drinking alcohol at parties. The prosecution showed Thurman photos in which she, Shank and alcohol are present.

The defense rested its case Thursday. Patrick Shank did not testify.

Closing arguments are expected today. The trial resumes at 10 a.m.

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

  • tiredofignorance

    oh come on for gods sakes, what a tapistry of justice is this, please if your raped you dont go back to the rapists house over and over, sounds like he pissed someone off to me.it all sounds like a he said she said pack of lies to me. i’ll be sure to avoid the county for which this kind of justice is going on at. when did it become against the law to have a party in you own home. i guess you must make sure it is all adults and not mixed with kids,otherwise one of those kids can say you did this or that to them and you can go to jail for it and they dont need real proof just someone to back up their story. what a joke.

  • MarkSucks

    amazing how a jury can find a man guilty without any evidence. I wanna hear what they were thinking.

  • medina3

    Our county will not grieve your avoidance. These posts are clearly dialogues between the plaintiffs party and thedefendants party. Twelve people heard testimony of both sides and Pat Shank is guilty. Mark Survance did not coerce the jurors. Appeal all you want. Bottom line….Pat Shank is guilty of 5 of 6 counts of gross behaviors including but not limited to rapes. Twelve people decided this and therefore the only victims in this case are the young girls he violated and perhaps Shank a month from now in prison.

  • commonsense

    ohh lololol good theory retard

  • donttrustthelawnomore

    all i got to say to medina3 you better hope it never happens to you were someone can say you did something to them and all the evidence they need is someone else to say you did it too along with some blurry pictures who they point out is you. i always believed the law was supposed to be where they have concrete evidence and not someone saying you did because then it turns into an old witch hunt.so you meed to keep it in mind if they can convict one person this way it will soon come down to they can convict anyone the same way or even with less.

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    Must have hit a nerve eh? The pics of the scratches on your back taken in pats bathroom are still in your facebook photos Marktard!

  • Amazed

    Again, most victims that are assaulted DO go back to the home of the Assailant! It will take 2 mins. of your time to google it and educate yourself. It’s not against the law to have a party in your own home. It is against the law to provide alcohol to people under age. Why party with kids in the first place? It’s not just a couple of girls backing this story up. It’s several girls. Maybe they should take this story to a wider audience, so other victims will have the courage to come forward.

  • commonsense

    definitely not. hope pat gets to say hes a pipe fitter in PRISON big daddy will love that one ;p

  • medina3

    How long do you think daddy will be in jail? Dang he left the lube in his safe

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    Question? What will your life be like when he gets out?

  • no more face painting

    all neighbors are alerted to sexual predators. you can pull the information up any time any where and they have free apps for them. finally a star.

  • medina 1

    it was an unfair trial. anyone with eyes could see that, this will be appealed. there was no evidence what so ever , only the words of a girl who even said her own dad raped her. the other girls in this case couldnt even keep their own story straight and are all connected to mark survance. i dont think medina court system gave him a chance,the jury only took 3 hours to deliberate and with the way the system is they probably didnt even give him a fair chance because the case was based on sex charges. anyone that lives in medina knows that if someone, even if they are guilty or not guilty, goes to trial for something like this they are going to be found guilty. so pat is innocent and its really sad that these people are ok with ruining a persons life for no reason.

  • MarkSurvance.snich

    Mark…. you brought the booze! gave it to them… piched a tent in pats back yard and had your fun. Why drag all this out? You were the king of the whohaa for a bit. Hey wait a min… how did you buy booze if you wasn’t 21? Hmmmmm….Stone? HaHaHa thats it!!! HaHaHa Detective stone!!!!! HaHaHa BUSTED!!!

  • commonsense

    correction OFFICER Stone. he is an honorable man who has devoted a year of his time helping these poor girls who Mr. shank hurt over a very long period of time. You should at least respect a man who would come and help you if something was going wrong. STOP slandering his name you can be sued for that.

  • Really

    Reading this makes no since, thisnis all hearsay….. Really? There has to be more to this.nnThe funny thing is, nn The people involved here are writing on this blog and boasting about this, I know someonenthat was truly rapped and this is not the behavior. She was very drawn tonherself and it took many years for her to go into public without the fear.nnSomething is wrong here…. why would you go back for more?

  • A Knowing Victim From the Past

    Just to shed some light on this, being that it has been over five years nsince the event occurred, I was taken advantage of by Pat Shank. nAlthough I am now 23, married and have two daughters of my own I do nrecount being sexually coerced by Pat when I was age 14. I was on a nvacation with a friend from high school who introduced me to Pat at his nhome in Ohio, I met him his wife and children. We actually stayed the nnight at his house and late in the night when everyone was sleeping we nwere awake talking about his past as a guitarist in the band Filter and ngetting way too friendly. He began to explain to me how his relationshipn with his wife had not been good in the past couple years and that he nhad not had any attention sexually in quite some time. He also reassuredn me that he had a vasectomy and there would be no chance that I could nget pregnant if anything progressed. HIs smooth talk and charisma had men won over and he had his way with me. At the time yes it was consensual nand I knew very well what I was doing, but that does not make it right. nShortly after the incident I was ashamed and embarrased leading to a nfall out with the friend I took the vacation with. I was young and ndefinitely persuaded by a very skilled offender to commit sexual acts nwith a man 3 times my age at the time! I was also not intoxicated or nthrowing myself at this man, he made the moves, played on my nvulnerability and took advantage of a situation. I hope he learns from nhis mistakes and for his daughters sake has an awakening. Pat Shank is nwrong for what he has done and needs to admit and come clean.