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Gerald DeWayne Lewis

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Baby Sitter

Denver church
 
Background

Employment History

  • Teen-Age Student
    West
  • Baby Sitter
    Grace United Methodist Church
Web References
Rocky Mountain News: Local
www.insidedenver.com, 7 Mar 2002 [cached]
ARAPAHOE COUNTY -- A 16-year-old girl locked in a cell with suspected serial rapist Gerald DeWayne Lewis during a jailhouse bungle does not want to pursue criminal charges, Arapahoe County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.
Investigators have accused Lewis of inappropriately touching the girl during a 40-minute period Thursday when the teen and Lewis were left alone in a holding area.
Sheriff's authorities say deputies were unaware that Lewis was in the cell.Lewis, 34, was apparently sleeping under his bunk, with a blanket over the side to block out light and noise.
The department discovered the mistake only after the girl arrived at court and told her lawyer she had been locked up with a male inmate and fondled, Undersheriff Grayson Robinson said.
The sheriff's office has asked prosecutors to charge Lewis with third-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor.The district attorney's office has not made a charging decision.
"There's some concern because the young lady has indicated from the very beginning that she did not wish to pursue this any further," Robinson said.
Lewis has already been charged with molesting a 15-year-old baby sitter at a Denver church in January.He is also a key suspect in two rapes at Rangeview High School in Aurora and West Middle School in Greenwood Village that same month.
Lewis' family and friends reacted angrily to the new allegations.
Rocky Mountain News: Local
www.insidedenver.com, 21 Jan 2002 [cached]
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.
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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 asked his 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.
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Denver police arrested Lewis on Saturday night in Montbello.
Lewis' arrest came as little surprise to an Aurora woman who told police he broke her 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.
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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."She said, 'He stinks and he keeps looking at me crazy,' " Lipscomb said, so she decided to ask Lewis to leave.
When Lipscomb confronted Lewis, he threw a lamp at her and her daughter, then smashed the windows in Lipscomb's car, a police report says.He then returned and allegedly flashed a pistol at them.
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Lewis 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 assaulted her, according to a police report.
The investigation was hampered, authorities said, by conflicting information.
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Lewis 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.
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School officials said Sunday that they plan to continue to tighten security even though Lewis has been arrested.
Rocky Mountain News: Local
www.insidedenver.com, 13 Mar 2002 [cached]
They failed to notice that Gerald DeWayne Lewis, 34, was sleeping under a bunk and had pulled a blanket over the side of the bed to block out light and noise.
Lewis was in jail in connection with molesting a 16-year-old baby sitter at Grace United Methodist Church in Denver earlier that month.He is also the key suspect in rapes at Rangeview Middle School and West Middle School.
Lewis is being held on $10 million bond because of his alleged potential danger to juvenile girls.
Robinson said the girl was alone in the cell with Lewis for about 40 minutes before deputies discovered the mistake.Authorities said Lewis fondled the girl, but declined to press charges, citing lack of evidence.
As a result of the incident, the following procedural changes have been made at the jail:
Juveniles who must be held temporarily will be housed in an area designated for juveniles only.
By April 10, 2002, the soon-to-open Juvenile Assessment Center of the jail will be used exclusively to house juveniles awaiting court proceedings.
The court will be asked to house juvenile inmates at the Foote Juvenile Detention Facility when the sheriff's office facility is at capacity.
Rocky Mountain News: Local
www.insidedenver.com, 6 Mar 2002 [cached]
ARAPAHOE COUNTY -- Suspected serial rapist Gerald DeWayne Lewis has been accused of sexually assaulting a fourth young girl in the unlikeliest of places: his jail cell.
A 16-year-old inmate at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility told her attorney that Lewis fondled her Thursday after the two were put in the same holding cell to await court hearings, sheriff's officials acknowledged Tuesday.
The incident was the result, Undersheriff Grayson Robinson said, of a blunder by two detention deputies who otherwise have "exemplary records."
The deputies were unaware that anyone -- let alone Lewis, who is suspected of molesting a 16-year-old baby sitter at a Denver church and raping two students at Arapahoe County schools in January -- was in the cell.
Lewis, 34, apparently was sleeping underneath a bunk and had pulled a blanket over the side of the bed to block out the lights and noise, Robinson said.
"We made an error," Robinson said, "and we are taking steps to ensure that this never happens again."
Lewis has been behind bars since Jan. 19 when he was arrested and later charged in connection with an assault at Grace United Methodist Church earlier that month.He is also the key suspect in rapes at Rangeview Middle School and West Middle School.
A judge was so concerned about Lewis' potential for harming other girls, he set bail at $10 million and ordered the suspect to have no contact with juveniles.
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Sheriff's officials plan to charge Lewis with third-degree sexual assault and were in the final stages of an internal affairs investigation Tuesday.The deputies involved face likely discipline and authorities are discussing policy changes, Robinson said.
Among the questions being asked: Why didn't deputies check under the bunk before putting the teen-ager in the cell, and why wasn't the contact discovered earlier?
Officials have determined that the girl, whose name has not been released, was alone with Lewis from 9:15 to 9:55 a.m. Thursday.The deputies who returned to transport her to court for her hearing still did not realize Lewis was in the cell, Robinson said.
Authorities learned of the allegations only after the girl arrived in court and confided in her lawyer, Robinson said.
Deputies immediately checked the cell and found Lewis huddled under the bed.He had been transferred from the Denver County Jail earlier that morning in preparation for a hearing on theft, forgery, assault and fugitive charges filed against him last fall.
Surveillance video checked later showed the girl and Lewis having a "lengthy conversation," Robinson said.
There is no footage of the alleged fondling, but the undersheriff said there is a "minute or more" when the two were out of view of the camera.Lewis declined to talk to investigators.
"We have no reason not to believe her," Robinson said.
Although cameras record activity in the holding area, they are not constantly monitored, Robinson said.
Denver police Lt.
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But Lauricella also said Lewis' alleged conduct does not surprise him.
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"If someone like Gerald Lewis had the opportunity, he would take it."
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