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Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:44 pm

Mistrial declared in molesting case

Judge concerned about conversations between juror, non-juror

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A judge declared a mistrial today in the case of a man who worked as a church missionary.

Wayne W. Allen, 68, faced two felony child molesting charges after police said he sexually abused a girl, and a three-day trial had been scheduled to end today in Allen Superior Court. Judge Fran Gull declared a mistrial amid concerns about conversations about the case between a juror and someone not on the panel.

A new trial was scheduled for June 9.

Allen, of the 2500 block of Loganberry Cove, had worked with World Partners, a missionary group based in Fort Wayne. A girl younger than 14 told investigators he touched her inappropriately in 2017 and last year, according to court documents.

He was charged in August 2018. It's not clear from court documents whether the girl had any connections with the missionary group.


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