June 26, 2016

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Montville Twp. man gets 6 years in prison for sex with teenager

MEDINA — A Montville Township man was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for having sex with a teenager against her will and supplying her with alcohol.

But Patrick Shank, 45, of 5170 Chippewa Road, could face more prison time as the result of a Dec. 5 indictment that accused him of raping a teenage girl.

Patrick Shank

A jury in October found Shank guilty of three third-degree felony charges: 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 delinquency or unruliness of a minor.

Shank was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old York Township girl four times between 2008 and 2010, when she was between 13 and 15 years old.

The misdemeanor counts accused Shank of supplying alcohol to that girl and a now 19-year-old girl who was 17 at the time.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he was satisfied with Monday’s sentencing.

“The sentence is commensurate to the seriousness of the case,” Holman said. “We think the evidence justifies the sentence.”

Shank’s attorney Kenneth Lewis said he plans to appeal.

“We contest the facts in this case,” Lewis told the court.

Lewis declined to comment further.

In addition to the prison sentence, Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier labeled Shank a Tier III sex offender, meaning he will have to register with the Sheriff’s Office every 90 days upon release from prison for the rest of his life.

“The facts in this case couldn’t be more terrible from the eyes of the victim,” Collier told the courtroom Monday.

Shank was taken back to Medina County Jail until Thursday, when he is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

The new indictment, which charges Shank with 12 counts of first-degree rape, were filed after a 22-year-old Montville Township girl told police Shank raped her between 2003 and 2005, when she was 13 to 15 years old.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.