July 23, 2014

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Convicted sex offender indicted again for assault

MEDINA — A Montville Township man convicted in October of sexually assaulting a teenage girl was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday, accused of raping another teenage girl.

Patrick J. Shank, 45, of 5170 Chippewa Road, is scheduled for a Dec. 13 arraignment before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler on 12 first-degree felony counts of rape.

Patrick Shank

Shank is being held in the Medina County Jail pending sentencing Monday for his conviction on two third-degree felony counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and two first-degree misdemeanor counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor.

All but one of the contributing charges involved a 17-year-old York Township girl, who testified that Shank sexually assaulted her in his home on four occasions between 2008 and 2010, when she was 13 to 15 years old.

Prosecutors identified a 20-year-old woman as the other victim, who told the jury Shank provided her with alcohol and tried to seduce her.

Shank faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on each of his three felony convictions.

Montville Township Police Chief Terry Grice said the new accusations came from a 22-year-old township woman who told officers on Oct. 26 — hours before Shank’s verdict came out — that Shank raped her several times between 2003 and 2005.

Grice said the woman told police she decided to come forward after reading stories about Shank’s trial in The Gazette.

Like Shank’s accusers in the October trial, the Montville woman said she was a friend of the Shank family and was a teenager — between 13 and 15 — at the time. She also said two of the assaults involved alcohol.

“If there are other victims, we encourage them to come forward,” Grice said.

Kenneth Lewis, Shank’s attorney in the October trial, declined to comment on the indictments, saying he wasn’t sure he would represent Shank in the new case.

“This is the first I’m hearing of it,” Lewis said Tuesday.

Lewis said the new case does not change his plans to appeal the October case.

“It’s a completely separate case,” he said.

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