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Pahrump men charged with sexual assault

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Michael Allen Mack (Nye County Sheriff's Office) Michael Allen Mack (Nye County Sheriff's Office)
Arthur Albert Gatzke (Nye County Sheriff's Office) Arthur Albert Gatzke (Nye County Sheriff's Office)
PAHRUMP, NV (FOX5) -

Authorities in Pahrump are looking for other possible victims of a sexual assault suspect.

Michael Allen Mack, 69, was arrested Wednesday on charges of abuse of a vulnerable person, preventing a victim from reporting and sexual assault of a vulnerable person, according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office.

Mack was booked into the NCSO Detention Center and had bail set at $65,000.

During the investigation into Mack, it was determined additional people were involved in crimes against the victim. Arthur Gatzke, 81, was arrested Wednesday as well. He faces charges identical to Mack's. His bail was set at $60,000.

Mack had several ties to the community as a volunteer.

The New Hope Fellowship Church confirmed to FOX5 that Mack served there for at least two years.

A staffer said the church was "shocked" after news of Mack's arrest.

Steve Bird, the president of the local chapter of the Kiwanis Club, told FOX5 it was "not his character" concerning Mack's charges.

Authorities said more possible victims were being sought as part of an investigation.

The sheriff's office clarified later Wednesday its definition of "vulnerable person" in terms of the charges. According to authorities, it is defined as a person 18 years of age or older who either:

  • Suffers from a condition of physical or mental incapacitation because of a developmental disability, organic brain damage or mental illness; or
  • Has one or more physical or mental limitations that restrict the ability of the person to perform the normal activities of daily living.

The sheriff's office urged anyone who may have been possible victims of Mack or Gatzke to contact detectives at 775-751-7000 or at ncso_detectives@co.nye.nv.us.

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