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Judge declares mistrial in ex-church missionary child molesting case

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A mistrial was declared Thursday morning during what was scheduled to be the final day of proceedings in a case against a former church missionary accused of sexually abusing a young girl.

Wayne Allen, 68, is charged with level one and level four counts of child molesting.

Court documents outline that a young girl stayed overnight twice at his northwest side home between April of 2017 and May of 2018.

READ MORE: Church missionary charged with child molesting, trial set for Tuesday 

Allen has a doctorate from Concordia Theological Seminary and worked for 13 years with World Partners as a missionary to Asia, as well as on staff as a leader and coordinator for missionaries around the world.

Court proceedings were supposed to wrap up Thursday, but in a twist of fate, Judge Fran Gull felt a juror was tainted and declared a mistrial.

A young juror was seen riding with her father to and from the courthouse, and he sat inside the courtroom during the case.

Someone pointed that out, and after the judge interviewed the juror and her father, Judge Gull declared a mistrial.

The court only had one alternate juror. That alternate jumped in for another juror Wednesday who had to go home after suffering from back pain.

Once kicking this other juror off the bench, that would leave only 11 jurors, which neither the judge nor the other attorneys involved felt comfortable with.

A new trial date was set for June 9, 2020.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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