Dellick found not guilty of menacing


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – After less than a day of testimony and only about 45 minutes of deliberation, jurors reached a decision concerning John Dellick.

Dellick, 20, the son of Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick, was charged with aggravated menacing after he was arrested by Youngstown State University police during an altercation in November.

Dellick’s ex-girlfriend claimed he had followed her across campus and threatened to kill her and another student. But prosecutors said the victim told a different story in court.

“When she testified yesterday, she said she was in fear and then she said she wasn’t,” said Youngstown City Prosecutor Dana Lantz. “So, that is what the jury hears.”

Dellick’s father, John Dellick, said the case was never more than a dispute between his son and the girl that got out of hand. He said the younger Dellick has suffered chronic medical issues for years that have resulted in emotional and mental health issues.

Dellick still faces felony charges from two unrelated incidents last year. One of them involves the same victim from this case, who Dellick admitted on the witness stand Monday he’s been texting and emailing for months from his home in Canfield. Dellick has been under house arrest and ordered not have contact with the victim.

“His admission may put him in jeopardy of violating a protection order charge because that order was in effect and in place,” said Lantz.

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the new accusation.

Dellick’s father said he is satisfied with the outcome and that the jury did what they were empaneled to do.

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