70’s Sexual Assault Leads to 25 years

Bay Village Press Release


Mark A. Lewis of Lakewood plead guilty to kidnapping and gross sexual imposition charges in
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on December 11, 2012 and was sentenced to 25 years in
prison by Judge Daniel Gaul. The conviction and sentencing was the result of an investigation
by Bay Village Police into Lewis’ relationship with a young male when the male was between
the ages of 12 and 16 years of age. The male, now an adult, recently reported the incidents of

Lewis was arrested by Bay Village Police on July 19, 2012 after an investigation that determined
Lewis took advantage of his volunteer position with Church of Latter-Day Saints and as a family
friend of the victim. The investigation revealed that Lewis had sexually assaulted at least three
additional victims. As a result of the investigation, Mark A. Lewis was indicted by a Cuyahoga
County Grand Jury on twenty six counts of Gross Sexual Imposition and Kidnapping. These
charges were in connection to Lewis sexually assaulting the teenage male over a seven year time

These assaults took place as far back as the late 1970’s. During a search of Lewis’ residence
in Lakewood, a large volume of photographs of teenage boys were found in his possession.
These photographs appeared to have been of boys Lewis met through the church and befriended.
Because of Lewis’ former position with the Church of Latter Day Saints, he had continual
contact with other young males. Police believe there is a high probability of other victims and
encourage anyone who may have had contact with Lewis to contact Det. Kevin Krolkosky at the
Bay Village Police Department, 440-871-1234.

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