April 16, 2014

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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.

  • Not from Medina

    Hopefully he will get more than double that sentence with the new charges. Now we just have to wait for the friends and family to come on here and defend him.

  • summit

    Six years? That’s the best our court system can do against a scum bag like him? Hopefully the inmates will rectify the situation.

  • concerned

    It is too bad they convicted him on lies since he was not even there on the only one date he was actually accused of committing any crime and the jury never even paid attention to that fact. There was actually a date stamped photo showing him elsewhere on the same day the sick chick lied about being molested. Only in Medina.

  • 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.