July 23, 2016

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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.

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