September 1, 2014

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Patrick Shank teen rape trial delayed

MEDINA — A Montville Township man accused of raping a teenage girl several times before she was 15 had his trial delayed after getting a new attorney.

Patrick Shank

Patrick J. Shank, 46, of 5170 Chippewa Road, is scheduled for an Aug. 26 trial.

Shank hired attorney Kenneth C. Staiduhar, who took over June 26. His previous attorney, John Powers, withdrew as counsel two days earlier.

Shank is accused of raping a girl several times when she was between 13 and 15 years old.

He agreed to plead guilty last month in a plea deal that called for him to serve four years in addition to the six years he already was sentenced to after being convicted in October of sexually assaulting another teenage girl.

But Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler rejected the deal, saying he was concerned Shank, who is at the Madison Correction Institution, near Columbus, might be able to apply for early release.