Citing a lack of evidence, an Erie County assistant prosecutor recently dismissed rape charges a Sandusky pastor had been facing.
In August 2012, an Erie County grand jury indicted Richard Mick, 52, on two counts of rape, for allegedly assaulting a former parishioner.
The woman, now 27, had told police Mick raped her twice when she was much younger — once in the back seat of a car, then a second time in the bedroom of a house, according to police and court documents.
She came forward after another parishioner at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sandusky made similar allegations.
Last month, however, Erie County assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Barylski asked Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette to dismiss the case.
Barylski determined she didn’t have enough evidence to take the case to trial.
“Based on the ongoing investigation, talking with the victim and reviewing the expert reports, the state submits that the state cannot prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Barylski stated in a court document.
While Barylski asked for the charges to be dropped, she noted the victim disagreed with her decision.
“However, in the best interest of the victim and the integrity of the case, the state must dismiss the case,” Barylski stated.
Binette granted the request.
Court documents show Mick’s attorney, John Allton, questioned the woman’s story several times over the past year.
Allton requested access to the woman’s psychologist, and he also wanted to hire an expert to testify about repressed memories. In the last document he filed with the court, Allton demanded a chance to review the victim’s journal of her memories — a therapy technique that had been recommended by her psychologist.
Allton also insisted the court did not have jurisdiction in the matter because the alleged assaults happened elsewhere.
When Binette dismissed the case, he also ordered Mick not to contact the alleged victim.