By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Predatory sex offender arraigned

Christopher Kenneth Lewis
Christopher Kenneth Lewis

Lewis, 38, was arraigned Monday afternoon on one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, a Class C felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor.

Winter told Stone that Lewis has an extensive sex-crime history, making him a high-level security risk. She asked the judge to set a bail reflecting that danger, and he set the amount at $25,000.

Regardless of his bail status, Lewis will remain confined for at least the next six months anyway, as the incident violated terms of his post-prison supervision from an earlier case.

The Oregon Parole Board opted for a 180-day sanction that will keep Lewis incarcerated through Friday, Aug. 27.

In his most recent prior case, Lewis was convicted in October 2013 of one count of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, a Class C felony, in addition to a Class A misdemeanor count.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 24 months on post-prison supervision, with the stipulation that he have no contact with minors.

Lewis had been confined to subsidy housing, spending his nights at the jail, but being free to spend his days outside, due to lack of any acceptable housing option for him in the community.

He allegedly exposed himself during his free hours. Officer Mike LaRue of the McMinnville police gave this account in a probable cause affidavit:

About 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, officers responded to 707 N.E. Ford St. on a report of a possible sex crime. LaRue said he learned Lewis had exposed himself to a boy at the Community Corrections Day Management Center.

Lewis was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet at the time, allowing officers to track him. They caught him at Northeast Baker and 15th streets and took him into custody without incident.

The boy’s aunt and a probation aide both witnessed the incident. They were in a room adjacent to the room Lewis was in at the time. 

Under interrogation by LaRue and probation officer Randy Settell, Lewis offered this explanation: “I thought I could get away with it. I just did it.”

He said he then thought better of his action. “I felt it was wrong, so I stopped,” he said.

Lewis has spent at least 20 of his 37 years in prison, jail or reform school as a result of sex offenses. 

He was designated as a sexually dangerous person in a court order handed down in 1997. The Oregon Parole Board went on to designate him as a predatory sex offender in December 2002.

His next court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. today. McMinnville attorney Mary Biel was appointed to represent him.

Comments

TTT

This guy needs a noose around his neck at 5th and Evans.

listen*up

swift death penalty to all perverts!

Lulu

He has spent 20 of his 37 years in prison. Why was he out to begin with?
A waste of life. A piece of trash.
I'm only surprised he's not offered work release.
Yet, again, there is no justice.

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