A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the alleged child molesting 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 Thursday 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 in Fort Wayne. A girl younger than 14 told investigators he touched her inappropriately in 2017 and last year, according to court documents.
The girl told police Allen got into bed with her twice, a probable cause affidavit states. He was charged in August 2018. It's not clear from court documents whether the girl had any connections with the group.
Allen's trial started Tuesday, with a single alternate juror who was pressed into service a day later when a juror left because of back pain. That left no one to replace the juror who was dismissed Thursday, and the judge declared a mistrial.
Prosecutors charged Allen with a Level 1 felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison and a Level 4 charge that carries a penalty of up to six years behind bars.