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Elburn sex offender arrested on new rape charge
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 3/3/2010 11:18 AM

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An Elburn man placed on probation last year after admitting he molested a teenage girl in 2007 was arrested again Wednesday on allegations he victimized a second teen about the same time as the first.

Sean A. Lewis, 20, of the 400 block of East Willow Street, faces charges of criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse stemming from the accusations brought forward earlier this year.

The charges allege Lewis, formerly of Cary, forced a girl between the ages of 13 and 16 to have sex with him between August 2006 and June 2007 in McHenry County.

Lewis was arrested in Elburn Wednesday morning by the McHenry County Sheriff's Fugitive Apprehension Unit, culminating an investigation launched in January, police said, after the girl confided with an adult who reported her claims to police.

The accuser, who knew Lewis before the alleged assault, initially met with police from Cary and Wauconda on Jan. 13 before McHenry County Sheriff's investigators joined the case.

The investigation, sheriff's police said, indicated there was sexual contact between Lewis and the girl on multiple occasions in McHenry County, as well as Elburn, Aurora and Missouri. At least some of those accusations remain under investigation.

The arrest comes a little more than four months after Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual abuse stemming from allegations made by a 14-year-old Cary girl. The girl told authorities Lewis threatened her with a knife and raped her in January 2007, then told her he would harm her if she told anyone about it.

He initially was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, both felonies, but prosecutors reduced the charges as part of a plea deal made necessary, they said, because the victim moved out of state and refused to return and testify.

He was sentenced to two years probation, a 100-day suspended jail sentence, 100 hours community service and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Lewis now could face a maximum 15 years in prison if convicted on the new charges. After his arrest, he was transported to the McHenry County jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bond.