April 17, 2014

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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.

  • iknowthetruth

    i know for a fact pat did not commit any of these crimes. i was there, he does not deserve this at all and the fact that this women can do this to his family without feeling remorse makes me sick. this women is an obsessed drugatic that needs to drop these charges and leave this family alone and allow pat to go home.

  • A Medina resident

    The person accusing Pat of these crimes is obsessed with Pat and his family and his caring nature toward his own children since she was denied this in her own home. She is a troubled,sick young lady who abuses drugs and strives for attention. She saw an opportunity to punish him for some reason which will be uncovered, perhaps she is angry with her own father or another adult male in her life. She has suffered trauma and missed out on childhood experiences most kids her age would have in our community and has decided to take this out on Pat and his family.She is clearly envious of his children and their achievements. Many of their peers are. Pat is super dad, the ultimate parent every kid would have wanted for their dad. These young folks that attacked him were envious of his children. They tried but they could not get his attention. Pat was very selective of the young people he allowed into his life and home and the trash he rejected and threw out of his home and banned from his life and his children has opted to destroy him. The most scary part of this all is the sicko that has made the most recent allegations is now a unwed mother herself. Lets pray she does not destroy the next generation by passing on her drug and alcohol abuse, anger, disfunction and envy to the innocent child.

  • find pat innocent

    i agree with both A medina resident and iknowthetruth. pat is a good man, he does not deserve to be in prison right now. the women thats accusing him of this is a sick drug attic that shouldnt even be allowed to have custody of her children. the jury in this trial should automatically see on the first day that this is a load of bull and that she is a sick deranged women that is obsessed and compulsive. ever since she was a teenager she had these problems. the jury needs to find pat innocent and put her away for making up such a ridiculous lie about someone and put his family in a finacial struggle. its not right that this world has come down to people being this low and disrespectful.