Gerald DeWayne Lewis
, 34, appeared in court for a brief hearing Sunday.He
was ordered held on $10 million bond, accused of luring a 16-year-old baby sitter from a nursery at Grace United Methodist Church
into an empty room and sexually assaulting her
The Denver case occurred Jan. 3, two weeks before attacks at Rangeview High School and West Middle School
.Investigators from Aurora and Greenwood Village said they anticipate Lewis
will be charged in the school cases as well.
Greenwood Village police, meanwhile, released a statement saying they are still reviewing evidence but are "confident" they will pursue charges against Lewis
in connection with the attack on a teen-age student at West
on Thursday afternoon.
In all three cases, police say, the suspect posed as a janitor to move around without raising suspicion.In two cases, he
young victims for help before assaulting them.
Police first learned of the ruse Jan. 3 when a terrified teen-ager at Grace Methodist
, 4905 E. Yale Ave., called her
mother to say a man had touched her
The 16-year-old girl told investigators her
assailant asked her
to hold a basement door open while he
carried out the trash, according to an arrest affidavit filed Sunday.
The girl followed him downstairs, carrying a toddler in her
arms.Once downstairs, the attacker put the toddler in another room and closed the door, then grabbed the teen-ager by the wrist and dragged her
into an empty room.
The suspect held an object to the girl's throat, threatened to kill her
and sexually assaulted her
, the affidavit says.When the toddler started to cry, he
got up and left the church through its west doors.
Denver police arrested Lewis
on Saturday night in Montbello.
Lewis' arrest came as little surprise to an Aurora woman who told police he
car windows and threw a lamp at her
last year.Karen Lipscomb, 43, who had two children by Lewis
' uncle, has known Lewis since he
was 10 years old.
Records from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
show that Lewis
was released from prison in January 1997 after serving almost nine years of a 20-year sentence for second-degree burglary.
Lipscomb said Lewis
arrived in Denver roughly six months ago and visited her
daughter Lashoy Taplin -- who is his
cousin -- several times over a two-month span.He
was unemployed, she
said, sleeping in his
car or with friends.
On July 23, Lipscomb's family came to blows with Lewis
Lipscomb said she
had become alarmed when her
7-year-old granddaughter told her she
was afraid of Lewis
said, 'He stinks and he
keeps looking at me crazy,' " Lipscomb said, so she
decided to ask Lewis
When Lipscomb confronted Lewis
threw a lamp at her
daughter, then smashed the windows in Lipscomb's car, a police report says.He
then returned and allegedly flashed a pistol at them.
was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.That case is pending in Arapahoe County District Court.
Lewis' rap sheet shows several other arrests in the metropolitan area, including one related to an alleged sexual assault in April.Denver police arrested Lewis
on Nov. 6 after identifying him as a suspect in the case, but the district attorney's office declined to prosecute.
Police did not learn of the alleged assault until September, when a father called authorities to say that his
daughter had confided in him that she
had been assaulted.The girl told investigators she'd met up with a man from Oklahoma who persuaded her
to bring him back to her
family's apartment, where he
, according to a police report.
The investigation was hampered, authorities said, by conflicting information.
has also been linked to cases involving thefts in August at three Aurora and Cherry Creek schools.He
was accused of using credit cards stolen from Summit Elementary School
, Arkansas Elementary School
and Trails West
Elementary School to rack up nearly $1,500 in charges, according to a police report.
Teachers at the three schools reported the suspicious charges after their purses were stolen.One purse was taken from a vehicle parked outside the school; the others were reported missing from inside the building, the report says.
Aurora police arrested Lewis
on charges of theft and forgery, but Herrera said the case was later dropped because of insufficient evidence linking him to the crime.
School officials said Sunday that they plan to continue to tighten security even though Lewis
has been arrested.