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Alleged victim's family hopes to help others after pastor indicted for rape

Richard Mick (Source: Erie County Sheriff's Office) Richard Mick (Source: Erie County Sheriff's Office)
The alleged victim's family hopes other victims have courage to come forward The alleged victim's family hopes other victims have courage to come forward
SANDUSKY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A Sandusky pastor has been indicted on rape charges, accused of raping two young members of his church. According to court documents, both alleged victims were under the age of eight at the time. The indictment lists an alleged male and female victim.

Richard Mick, pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sandusky, was indicted on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition by an Erie County grand jury Thursday. According to the indictment, the crimes happened between March 1999 and September 2002.  

The alleged victim's family says it's still tough to talk about. They hope that by sharing their story they can help others.

"It's been awful! And people in his church want to believe him and think that he's this godly man, but a godly man doesn't do that, they just don't," said the alleged female victim's family member.

The family says these charges are a huge relief but are just the beginning of a long road ahead.

"I hope that it helps other victims to come forward and I hope that anybody that he's done things to has the courage now to come forward so we can figure all this out," said a family member.

Mick has not returned our offer to share his side of the story. Church members also declined to comment.

Representatives at the Erie County Jail say Mick posted bond Thursday May 15 and has been released. There is no word yet on his first court appearance.

This is not the first time Mick has faced charges like this. We dug for information and found he was indicted in 2012 on two counts of rape for alleged attacks that took place in 1998 through 2000. Those charges wound up being dropped after the prosecution told the court they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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