Pastor facing rape charges

Indicted for similar crimes in 2012
Courtney Astolfi
May 16, 2014

 

A Sandusky pastor who dodged a child rape conviction last year was indicted yet again this month for allegedly raping a young girl and fondling a young boy at his church a decade ago.

Richard Mick, 52, of the 8000 block Ohio 101, is now facing two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition for the alleged incidents.

Both of the victims were about 8 years old when Mick allegedly abused them, and both were parishioners of his congregation, Lighthouse Baptist Church.

Both are now teenage adults.

Mick was charged with similar crimes — two counts of rape — in 2012 for allegedly raping another young parishioner on two occasions years ago.

The boy victim came forward with his story this past winter, after Erie County assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Barylski asked Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette to dismiss the original case, citing a lack of evidence.    

The girl, however, came forward with her story at the same time the other young parishioner did in 2012.

“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 when the original charges were dropped.

The state may have to contend with similar evidential circumstances in this case as well, as a substantial amount of time has passed since the incidents allegedly occurred.

The Bellevue-area girl Mick is now accused of raping told Sandusky police Detective Ken Nixon there were two instances in which Mick allegedly abused her — both occurring on church grounds.

She recalled the abuse happening on days her family attended church services, Nixon said.

Meanwhile, the Sandusky boy Mick allegedly fondled said those incidents occurred two or three times.

At the time, the 8-year-old boy occasionally had accidents. Mick allegedly accompanied the child into the bathroom to help him change his clothes, but would inappropriately touch him while doing so, Nixon said.

Both of the children’s parents had no inkling of the abuse at the time — nor did other church members, Nixon said.

“There’s no reason to believe anyone else knew about the acts” Nixon said.

Mick has yet to be interviewed for the recent case because he asked for a lawyer when confronted with the previous case in 2012, Nixon said.

The girl’s case was not sent to a grand jury until recently because she moved out of state shortly after she told police of the alleged abuse in 2012, Nixon said.

Mick was arrested Thursday morning and taken to the Erie County jail. He’s being held on $140,000 bond.

Comments

HiHillaryHelloo

Finally, it's about time he has been arrested for these crimes. I hope the jury find all the eveidence believeble enough to find him guilty. I attended this church for a brief time in my youth & a couple time in my teenage years. I'm not one for Baptist churches, there ways of preaching are stranget to me. I'm more of on the Catholic side of choosing a church. But after knowing Mick on a perDonal level, I never felt comfortable around that man. He's such a weird man to me, the vibes were felt there. Also I don't understand how he got away with being alone with the girls, because when I was 15-16girls could not be alone with a boy/man at that church. At least that's what he said when a girl was waiting for her parents & could not wait inside. Well all I can say is I am happy he's behind bars for however long he is. He can't immorally run his church now.

fedup

you are telling the truth about that, but those rules only applied to certain people, they certainly didn't apply to his female youth leaders.

Unassumer

So many weirdos. So little time.

doctorsRdrugdealer

off the subject. Since you are more on the catholic side you should be use to this kind of thing by now. Walk in the park for you.. No matter what this should not happen. Especially at a time when people are there to let there gaurd down spending time and talking to their lord and savior. Dont get your panties in a bunch all you strong catholics my comments are not to stir your pot i was just trying to say no matter where its unacceptable! Atleast u can be happy Hi Hello its not a Catholic church this time! smh

indolent indiff...

I am enjoying the implosion of Christianity.

holysee

Gawd works in mysterious weighs

themomx6

I can assure you Christianity is alive and well. Don't judge God by fallen men.

coasterfan

Christianity is alive, but for me, it's in the same category as the Easter Bunny, Santa and the Loch Ness Monster. Anything which can be professed without evidence can be dismissed without evidence...

Truth2u

Coaster, Proverbs 16:4, Romans 9 and John 15 describes your spiritual position perfectly. I find it very sad that according to these chapters and many others that you are powerless to believe on your own, therefore its logical to conclude that you are not one of Gods called or chosen. According to John, if you were called or chosen then you would see the light as He is in the light, instead your total purpose in life is to fulfill Proverbs 16:4, unless of course God calls you later in the future

"For by grace are you saved through FAITH, and 'THAT' (FAITH) not of yourselves, its a gift of God lest any man should think they have the right to boast about their faith". Believe me, I don't condemn you for your paganism, currently you just aren't one of Gods chosen and therefore He has not yet or possibly wont revealed Himself too. Again, you have the same purpose as Judas and Proverbs 16:4.
Truly, I pity you Coaster along with others, the Bible says those outside of faith in Christ are dead spiritually, and we know that something that is dead can't make decisions and if your dead spiritually you can't decide for Christ. Pretty hopeless for non-believers unless the SPIRIT of God draws them to God.

I suspect you will continue your attack upon Christ, its your nature. "You will be hated by all non believing men for my names sake" Jesus. And "They will hate you because they really hate me first". So, your doing just what Jesus said you will do. Pretty cool when one thinks about how you fit into the chess game and you believe and think your making yourself move on the board.

ladydye_5

Oh no....."the bible says". Paganism is OLDER than Christianity. Personally I do not condemn you for your Christianity either. Why is it that Those of you that are such good Christians can not just leave those that are not following your good book alone? Why do you feel the need to condemn anyone that is not Christian like yourself? Just because someone does not follow Christ you think they are attacking Christ? That is the JOY of living in America....we do not have a CENTRAL religion, we are not ruled or governed by a religion. We are free to follow ANY religion, or none at all.

Truth2u

Must be sad to be so confused ladydye_5. It was and always is CoasterFan that starts the mud slinging, slander and insults.

I must ask, why did you not ask Coster your question over the many years he has attacked the Christian doctrines and the people who follow them? Hmmm, seems like there are more hippocrates than this pastor!

Also, your post calls it the 'good book" do you believe it? I conclude not because your accusations in question form is answered in the Good Book. And strange how YOU who call it a good book fail to realize Jesus asked the same question, 'Why do you call me good and do not the things I command you" or how about the one that says, "If you deny me before me i will deny you before the Father", these two verses should answer your question, but I'm sure you won't settle for it because you honestly don't want an answer, your post was meant as a derogatory statement against something that you personally refuse to deal with in your own life.

When or if you ever read the 'good book' you will understand it reveals from Genesis to Revelation people who defended it, Christ and His teachings and was full of warnings, yet you ask such a question full of ignorance? It also commands the followers to spread the word and compel people such as yourself to wake up and consider its teachings. Millions have done it in the past and were murdered, and millions more will continue to do so. It wasn't the thieves that Crucified Christ, it was the ones who claimed to be religious as yourself calling the bible a "good book' but never reading or comprehending its context. Your blessed that you still have some time left, but who knows when that will end.

ladydye_5

I called it "your good book", not mine. There is a difference. Don't worry I am not sad in any way. I have never claimed to be religious. Yes I have time left to live my life the way I want. I do not need a book or a command to tell me how to do it. I do not need religion telling me how to do it. You do realize that the bible is not proven or unproven. It has went thru many translations. Just how many versions are there? Every religion has a version they follow. You can translate it any way you want really. It is JUST A BOOK.

jazzbo

There's lots of evidence for a historical Jesus.

fedup

God says to prove him. Read your Bible, you will find out how he will prove himself to you. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Donegan

Why, Do you like the explosions of the Muslims better?

sugar

I would have respected you more had you said religion as opposed to singling out Christianity. Do you prefer Islam? Whoa cuz there are far more atrocities committed in the name of that religion, actually I don't believe this man or any other Christian has committed these acts in the name of. Are you another angry leftist ? If so change your stage name, doesn't fit.

deertracker

Beware of false prophets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????

coasterfan

Churches exist because of profits, rather than prophets...

Truth2u

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Good 2 B Me

True Story!!

downthemiddle

@coaster...just like everything else.

Truth2u

To judge Christianity for this is like judging it for Judas's evil deeds.... not much difference.

I was going to recommend they put him on suicide watch, but knowing him he's praying for the destruction of the victims and those who arrested him, he really is a nut job.

fedup

sounds like you have had some personal experience with him too.

indolent indiff...

Truth, to use the bible as proof? that's as funny as your belief system

coasterfan

Right. You can't use the Bible as proof that the Bible is correct.

Truth2u

Your post has no purpose but to insult and offers no defense to your claims, at least post something of value,

PROVE how the Bible isn't truthful, PROVE that archaeology doesn't use the bible because it has and is accurate in its descriptions and facts. PROVE that the prophesies made to exact completeness is false.

Jesus said he spoke in parables to hide the truth from those He has not chosen, you have clearly shown by your post that this is a true statement, so your down one already.

WeThePeople1965

A lot of people ignore the fact that anatomically, we're identical to most mammals (like cats, dogs, etc). Our bodies work in very similar ways. We have the remnants of a tail and are 98% genetically identical to chimpanzees. We have brains developed enough to be able to contemplate whether there's something out there that created us-- and if you think about it, we're just very advanced animals that luckily have discovered the universe down to the carbon atom. Intelligent design? Maybe. To suggest, however, that God has chosen you to live forever in paradise-- yet, in the same breath, teach that he condemns morally unacceptable behavior and punishes us for it for eternity-- is conflicting. Why would this god create earth, then let satan fall from grace and influence billions of people- starting with Adam and Eve- to do wrong for thousands of years and let all this tragedy occur if he could have just wiped out Satan and started all over again from square one? Didn't he know this was going to happen to begin with? Why are there so many religions that teach totally different concepts-- couldn't god program in our minds that there is only one god and only one truth? Are we sure that these people who wrote the bible were psychologically healthy? Why are there so many 'meanings' behind one single verse? This sadistic excuse for a pastor and Christian nonsense are just that-nonsense.

sugar

Your first mistake is trying to assign a human explanation to the question of life, God, why. If we could figure it out we would be God.

What religions teach totally different concepts? Most have strikingly similar teachings, maybe a few sects get way out there, but not religions.

Most folks don't like religion because it asks you to do things that are difficult, to examine your behavior, give of your money and time...,. That's fine if you don't want to but keep your detest for your friends.

WeThePeople1965

I'm not assigning an explanation, I'm shedding light on a taboo subject. And no- I'm talking about religions like Christianity and Hinduism, Muslim, Paganism-- no two have any similarity. And it's not that I don't like religion, it's just a way to get people to act the way the religious founders wanted them to act.

Teachersaid

I HOPE THIS WORTHLESS PIECE OF CRAP ROTS IN JAIL!!! A church is suppose to be a safe place and this so called leader of God took advantage of harmless children!

indolent indiff...

agreed

coasterfan

To me, a church is one of the less safe places for any child. They are indoctrinated in whatever religion their parent favors at an early age, way before they have the cognitive ability to make that decision for themselves. They are taught to not question their religion for any reason, which helps perpetuate the myth through the next generation. To me, that's even more scary than the priest/sex scandals.

deertracker

Agreed!

Truth2u

What did you indoctrinate your children with, its ok to be married several times? Sex outside marriage is ok? Killing of babies that are a result of fornication is acceptable?

We know your reasoning Coaster and I would consider you a child abuser for not preparing children for the likes of people such as yourself.

WeThePeople1965

I didn't raise my children Christian-- yet they're doing well, not using drugs and they're open and honest with me, and respect the law and authority. I don't believe in killing unborn babies. Sex outside of marriage has been happening for thousands of years-- it's called mating, and most animals engage in it. It's an instinct, not a satanic ritual.

WeThePeople1965

By the way, the Bible said "Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?" Romans 2:1-3.

WeThePeople1965

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fedup

You are incorrect in your statements sir. the bible says if any man seek wisdom let it ask it of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not. The Bible tells us to study,in order to be able to give every man an answer and to be able to rightly divide the worth of truth, so that we are not mislead by teachers having itching ears. Man tells us not to question them because they have set themselves up as their own god. God (
Capital God) never said that.

sugar

But school is safe? ROTFLMAO! It's worse you can't fire predators or addicts.

Teachersaid

I understand everyone has their own views on the bible and their own beliefs but let's focused on the children/teens who have to live for the rest of their lives knowing what this man has done to them!!! It's bad enough that these two young people have to live with this but the thing about it is there are more of them out there that just has not come forward

observer

There are child molesting teachers out there, too, Teachersaid. More all the time. Societal decay. Abortion, gay marriage, immorality as ''norm'', but hey, don't judge anyone. Sad.

fedup

The bible does not say not to judge, It says not to judge hypocritical judgement. In other words don't judge someone else for something you do yourself. God tells us to judge righteous judgement, In other words, judge everything by his word, not by our own opinions. If he says its right then it's right, and if he says it is wrong then it's wrong, That's the whole problem in a nutshell, everyone wants to be their own God and make their own rules instead of just saying Yes Lord you are right and doing what he says. That is why there are so many religions in the world. Men didn't like what he said so they made their own, but he said their is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. I guess when we get there, if we get there, we will find out who which ones of us are right. One thing is for sure not all of us can be right because Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the father, but my me.

WeThePeople1965

So your religion isn't one that was man-made because someone didn't like another's rules?

fedup

Like I said I guess we will find out when we get there which faith is the right one

Teachersaid

It is sad Observer...it's not right for anyone to have to go through and I would say the very same thing regardless of their position but this man took something from my niece that she will never over come!

DickTracey

So, wait, his name is DickMick ?

Teachersaid

Yea imagine that

observer

I'm sorry, I didn't know it was that close to you. Thoughts and prayers for you and her. For everyone hurt by this man.

Teachersaid

Thank you I just want to spread the word in hopes that the other victims will come forward and he will pay for the harm he has caused to ALL of them!

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thinkagain

I see coasterfan, our resident evangelical atheist, is busily spreading his gospel message of disbelief.

Simply put, atheism is a religion! The only difference is, he has faith in nothing.

fedup

Not true, he has plenty of faith in himself.

dorothy gale

It will be a shock if he actually does time for this. Cops and clergy can get away with just about anything.

Teachersaid

Watch WTOL news tonight....we will not give up till he is behind bars

Florence Nightingale

Oh, the Christian bashing. And yet, I understand why it happens and why some of you feel as you do. But know that just as there are the ultra--conservative right wing Bible thumping Christians, there are also moderate, and even liberal Christians out there. My faith is a personal matter between me and God, and I don't care at all what you think about it. You can believe or not, that's your right and it makes no difference to me. I get tired of other Christians who think it's their job to get people to believe as they do.
And as far as the subject of this story - well, there's a special place in hell for this guy.

fedup

I don't understand why every one attack's bible believer's. If they truly were Bible believer's (thumpers) there wouldn't be anything for anyone to attack. People who do things like this are not Bible thumpers, they are Bible mockers, but be not deceived, God is not mocked.

fedup

none of you really know the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This man is not a saved man, by biblical standards he is and always was a wolf in sheep's clothing. Since the beginning of his pastorate at LBC he has done nothing but destroy people. There is a list of casualties a mile long left by this man, from pushing people to do stupid things, to making people want to commit suicide, causing people to loose their faith, causing people to believe that God is just like him, angry and condemning. He has accused other people of doing what he supposedly did, he even went so far as to counsel his now wife to divorce her husband, who at that time was deacon in his church so that he could have her. He banned the deacon from attending his church even after he publically said he was sorry and repented. The Bible clearly commands us to restore such a one in the spirit of meakness, connsidering thyself lest thou also be tempted. He has one set of standards for everyone else and a different set for himself. None of you even begin to know the damage this man has caused and the endless people he has caused the damage to and the only way it will end is if he is locked away from people so that he doesn't have access to them. Vengence is mine saith the Lord, I will repay. It is not up to us to cast judgement, because we will all stand before God someday and give account of ourselves, but we need to take whatever happens in this case as being the Lord's will and not question it. Let God be true and every man a liar. I just hope someday he comprehends all the pain and wrong he has done to people and stops doing it and makes thing right with people. I feel the most sorry for all the sweet but nieve people who still go there. Your the best thing since sliced bread until you disagree with him, or question him, you don't last long after that. We will see what God does about it.

sugar

What is really sad is people go to this church. Are people that spiritually bankrupt that they need someone to follow? Oops silly me, look at all the morons who thought Obama was the second coming.

sugar

What is really sad is people go to this church. Are people that spiritually bankrupt that they need someone to follow? Oops silly me, look at all the morons who thought Obama was the second coming.

fedup

There is one way to prove his innocence, ask him to place his hand on the Bible and tell God that if he did this thing of which he is accused God can strike him dead on the spot. If he truly believes in God and truely fears God like he says he does he will either prove his guilt or his innocence. Juries are fallible, God is not. Let God be true and every man a liar. Let us see if he is man enough to put his faith where is mouth is and let God decide his guilt or his innocence.

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kimi43464

This banter about religion is sad. Each of you wish to protect your own beliefs while ridiculing another. God is not malevolent....man is. I CHOOSE to believe in God...not a book. I believe man created hell, God did not. For belief to be FREE you must leave mine alone...as I will not condemn yours. Too many Christians put themselves on a pedestal above those of different beliefs, how sad for you that someday you will stand side-by-side as equals.

jazzbo

You are free to believe anything you want , but you are NOT free to make up your own truth.

Teachersaid

Everyone is missing the whole point!!!! With all the fighting over religion your missing the point that innocent Children are being hurt by this man and it needs to STOP!!!

8ballinthesidepocket

Beware of all these so called pastors that got their "degree" out of the cracker jack box. Sandusky is full of these so called deacons, pastors, bishops and the like. All you need is a white collar and an internet degree and you can call yourself a minister. This guy is a fraud and should be charged with that in addition to his other crimes. The worst kind of scum!

Teachersaid

So very true!