November 22, 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.


  • devils advocate

    So if these 85% of wrongly convicted sex offenders were released tomorrow and lived in your neighborhood, you would be okay with your teenage daughter hanging out with them, because you raised her so well she could never be taken advantage of by a predator? I don’t think you have ever raised a teenage girl. At a certain age, they begin to come into their sexuality, often flirting outrageously. It is the adult’s responsibility to know and respect boundaries. There is a reason it is a crime to have sex with a minor when there is such a large age difference. Predators instinctively recognize this and know just what to say to make the child feel like they have to follow through. There can be no consent for a child under the legal age. PERIOD. So, even if the child was flirting, a good man, a family man, and a decent human being would recognize and discourage them. The child won’t understand that it was about sex, they have been raised to believe that sex is love, so when they have sex for the first time, they do often become focused on that person. When they finally realize they were nothing to the person but fun, that is when it really starts to go wrong for them. drugs, depression, promiscuity, and other emotional problems. Those of you defending Pat because these girls exhibited this behavior are actually only reinforcing that something happened to them at a very early age. As for his wife, it appears to me that she has stood by him through all of this, even when most would have walked away and left him on his own. I can’t imagine what she has faced through this ordeal. If Sky truly believes that these girls being passed around (drunk or sober) is okay, he/she is one sick individual. NO ONE deserves to be treated like a party favor, regardless of age.