December 19, 2014


Local man faces 12 counts of rape

MEDINA — A Montville Township man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he raped a township woman when she was between 13 and 15 years old.

Patrick Shank, 45, formerly of Chippewa Road, was indicted Dec. 5 on 12 counts of first-degree felony rape involving the woman, who is now 22 years old.

Shank’s jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 11 before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

On Monday, Shank was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier to six years in prison following a guilty verdict in another sexual assault case that was tried in October. He also was labeled a Tier III sex offender, meaning he must register with the Sheriff’s Office every 90 days for the rest of his life upon his release from prison.

In the October case, a 17-year-old York Township girl testified that Shank had sex with her against her will four times when she was between 13 and 15 years old.

“We intend to move forward with this new case as quickly as we can,” county Prosecutor Dean Holman said Monday.

  • devils advocate

    I hate to point out the obvious, but victims of sexual abuse often have troubled teen years and develop drug problems. Have you read the court file? Have you read the appeal, which even while it tries to deny any of it happened, states that the victim never screamed, literally contradicting the idea of it never happening.

    Pat may be a good man, but he clearly doesn’t understand age of consent. A CHILD of 13-15 years of age when faced with a trusted adult 20-30 years older than her may not understand that she has a choice in the situation. Men who do these kinds of things have a kind of built in radar, they can pick out the one with self esteem and self confidence issues from a mile a way. A CHILD of this age and under the influence of alcohol, never stood a chance.

    Pat, according to the testimony of multiple people, exhibited the behaviors of a predator. Before you can state with absolute certainty that he didn’t/couldn’t do what he has been accused of, try to put yourself in the place of a jury of 12 people who had to agree that the evidence was overwhelming and an appeals court that agreed after a full review that the jury’s decision was lawful and without prejudice. I don’t know any of the parties involved, but I have worked with young women struggling to come back from this type of experience, and have had the displeasure of knowing men accused of the same things as Pat.

    I think that by the other comments to this article, the people commenting are all closely related to the family, admitting to knowing Pat. It is admirable to support the family and Pat, but you cannot do so at the expense of the victim. With the additional victims and additional charges, it is getting more and more impossible to hold a stance of Pat’s innocence, evidenced by his attempt to plead guilty to the additional charges (rejected by the judge).

    Please stop assigning the blame to the victim, a child, who trusted the adults she was around. Who she was when this started (an innocent 13 year old), died on a floor. Everything that came after (drugs, problems, etc), can likely be directly traced to the events he was tried for.

    I for one hope she, and the other girls awaiting their day in court, get the help and support they need to come back from this. That is who my prayers and thoughts will be directed to.

  • devils advocate

    The word is addict