Wednesday we reported to you Former Crawford County Correctional Facility Warden Timothy Lee Lewis, 54, of Meadville, recently released ahead of schedule from Erie County Jail with medical issues from jail time on conviction of the theft of over a hundred and twenty thousand dollars from the Meadville Moose Lodge is facing charges of corruption of minors. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is out with a statement on the filing of criminal charges Lewis for soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy.
The charges against Timothy Lee Lewis, 54, are the result of an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The Office of Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Section is prosecuting the case.
Lewis is accused of communicating with the victim through Facebook. On multiple occasions, he asked the victim to meet him at different locations for sex.
Lewis is accused of offering the victim a $500 cash gift as an inducement. One source, U.S. News and World Report, reports on occasion Lewis offered the victim $1000. BCI says all of this happened between November 2013 and December 2014 at locations in Venango and Crawford Counties including the Moose Lodge 2505 in East Fairfield Township, Crawford County. BCI reports the victim never accepted Lewis' alleged propositions and that Lewis allegedly exposed himself to the boy.
“Adults who prey on our youth for their own gratification will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Whoever the perpetrator is, no one is above the law.”
Lewis is charged with misdemeanor charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault, promoting prostitution and open lewdness. The charges were filed Tuesday with Magisterial District Court Judge Matthew T. Kirtland in Franklin. Lewis was charged by way of a summons.
Online court records do not list an attorney for Lewis.
The Office of Attorney General prosecuted Lewis and his wife last year for stealing approximately $129,000 from Moose Lodge No while he and his wife served in administrative roles at the lodge. The money was stolen during a time when the couple incurred significant gambling losses.
Lewis pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of theft by unlawful taking in a plea deal. He was sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison. He is currently on parole for that offense having been released early from incarceration at the Erie County Jail for blood pressure related issues earlier this year.
Attorney General Shapiro has nothing but praise for the Pennsylvania State Police for its work that led to the latest charges filed against Lewis. “The Pennsylvania State Police did exemplary work,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Whether it’s cooperating on breaking up a heroin ring, uncovering a consumer scam, or investigating a child predator, cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement is essential to our work. It helps makes Pennsylvanians safer.”
A preliminary hearing for Lewis is set for June 7 at 1:30 in Judge Kirtland's Franklin office.