April 20, 2014

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Guilty verdict in sex case

MEDINA — A jury found a Montville Township man guilty Friday of forcing sex on a teenage girl several times in his home.

Following a weeklong trial, Patrick J. Shank, 45, of 5170 Chippewa Road, was convicted of three third-degree felonies: two counts of sexual battery and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He also was convicted of two first-degree misdemeanor counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor.

Patrick Shank

Shank was acquitted on one charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each felony count. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier could order the sentences to run concurrently.

The verdict came after 3ᄑ hours of deliberation.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he was pleased with the verdict.

“This type of case is always difficult because young people’s memories are affected by the passage of time, and this case had no medical evidence,” Holman said. “We’re very satisfied with the verdict.”

He said he could not say more until after the Dec. 10 sentencing.

Defense attorney Kenneth Lewis said he plans to appeal the verdict.

“We feel justice was not served today,” Lewis said.

The felony charges accused Shank of forcing a 17-year-old York Township girl to have sex with him on four occasions between 2008 and 2010.

The girl, who testified Tuesday, was between 13 and 15 at the time.

The contributing delinquency charges named the York Township girl and a 19-year-old woman, who testified Wednesday that Shank tried to seduce her in June 2011 after giving her liquor during a party in his home.

Shank pleaded not guilty to all six charges in June.

In his closing argument Friday, Lewis accused the prosecution’s witnesses of lying, echoing his opening statement Tuesday.

He said the York Township girl “lied to her mother, she lied to her friends, she lied to other people.”

He also questioned why the witnesses said they didn’t shout for help, go to the police or run to a neighbor.

In most cases, Lewis added, the girls said they continued to visit the Shank residence.

“The facts and evidence demonstrate this is not reasonable conduct,” he said.

Lewis suggested that Mark Survance, a former boyfriend of three of the witnesses, was behind the accusations.

County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury told the jury that Survance, who testified Thursday, urged the girls to go to the police but had no motive to harm Shank.

In his closing argument, Salisbury reminded jurors that Survance testified that he considered Shank a friend until seeing him kiss one of the girls.

Survance and the York Township girl went to Montville police on June 29, 2011, and a yearlong investigation followed. A county grand jury indicted Shank on June 27 and he was arrested July 7.

Salisbury also pointed out that two other women testified Shank sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers.

Salisbury said the reason the girls did not immediately go to police is because Shank threatened them and because he provided them alcohol, which most of them couldn’t get elsewhere.

“This is the greatest place in the world for teenagers of that mindset,” Salisbury said.

Jurors declined to comment on their deliberations.

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

  • medina2

    The jury obviously did not believe his lies and justice will be served. His actions were horrific and disgusting. hes an absolute MONSTER

  • commonsense

    he isnt going to hurt anybody again.get over it

  • Not from Medina

    I understand you’re upset your friend/family member has been convicted nbut is this the right way to voice your frustration? You keep admittingn he assaulted someone, that’s not really representing him well. A jury found him guilty and that is that. Where can I hear his band?

  • summit

    I’m betting there is no more band, and if there is, it isn’t “his” band anymore.

  • Fred

    Pat, keep your chin up. Oops, you don’t have one.

  • 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.