UPDATE: Prominent community member arrested on sex assault charges police ID additional suspect
Posted on10 April 2013.
A prominent member of the neighborhood neighborhood stands accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman more than a period of practically a decade, the discovered Wednesday.
Hours right after news broke that Michael Allen Mack, 69, was arrested and charged with sex assault of a vulnerable individual, abuse of a vulnerable particular person and preventing or dissuading a victim from reporting a crime, one more man, Arthur Albert Gatzke, 81, was apprehended and charged with the identical offenses.
Sources inform the PVT that more arrests are likely as investigators stick to up on new leads in the case.
Mack, who is on the board of the NyE Communities Coalition and is neighborhood coordinator with the New Hope Fellowship Church on West Street, allegedly admitted to police that he engaged in several sex acts with the victim. According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Mack told police that he and the victim typically gave “each other massages” and that the behavior would occasionally lead to more intimate touching, including oral sex.
Specifics with regards to Gatzke’s involvment with the victim have not yet emerged. It is unclear what his relationship with Mack requires.
According to Mack’s arrest report, the longtime volunteer admitted telling his victim that if she ever told anyone about their relations that he would get into difficulty. The victim told police that Mack threatened to send her to a group home if she ever told, even though the suspect denied that allegation when confronted by a detective on the case.
The victim also allegedly told police that Mack would beat her with a belt as punishment.
Mack told police he was conscious that the victim has the mental capacity of a youngster. Police have been speedily made aware of that truth at the starting of their investigation and have ordered a forensic interview for the victim by specialists in kid abuse instances, according to Mack’s arrest report.
Steve Bird, president of the regional Kiwanis Club chapter exactly where Mack is a well-recognized member, stated he was completely shocked by the news of Mack’s arrest.
“I’ve been about Mike for a lengthy time and I’ve in no way recognized him to do something that would be improper. I’m extremely shocked to hear about this,” he mentioned.
Sandy Tucker, coordinator of the Path of Hope Food Bank said she didn’t know about his arrest, but was also in full shock when she heard why Mack had been arrested.
“I wouldn’t anticipate that of him,” she said. “You know I know him personally and I just don’t know what to say, I’m stunned, I’m just speechless. He’s out there all the time trying to assist everyone. It doesn’t sound like anything he would do.”
Mack was taken into custody at the Nye County Detention Center, where he is getting held in lieu of $ 65,000 bail. He created an initial court appearance Wednesday morning exactly where he was remanded into custody. A formal court setting was scheduled for April 16. According to a booking report, Mack has no recognized prior criminal history.
Gatske is being held in the Nye County Detention Center in lieu of $ 60,000 bail.
Nye County Sheriff’s detectives stated in a press release that they had been concerned there may be additional victims. The release asks that anybody who has any details relating to this matter to please get in touch with detectives at 775-751-7000 or confidentially can offer data by means of e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.