FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – In what was supposed to be the final day of proceedings in a case against a former church missionary accused of sexually abusing a young girl, the judge declared a mistrial Thursday.
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.
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.
Allen is out on bond pending his new trial.