Former police officer appears in court on child solicitation charges

Dennis Lewis' family in court
Dennis Lewis' family in court

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) - Former police officer and Assistant Aurora Police Chief Dennis Lewis will spend the weekend in the Switzerland County Jail after his first court appearance Friday morning.

Lewis was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home in Dillsboro on charges of child solicitation, a class C felony. On Friday, Lewis sat alone and shaking at the defense table as Dearborn County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Cleary took bond under advisement.

Bond will most likely be set on Monday, when Prosecutor Aaron Negangard anticipates to file more charges against the former cop.

Lewis' wife, children and brother were in court Friday as Sheriffs deputies escorted Lewis into the courtroom, shielding him from onlookers and video cameras.

Negangard says early Friday morning, during questioning with the Indiana State Police, Lewis admitted to everything he is charged with. In addition to chats with who Lewis thought was a 13 year old girl in December and January, he also told police he made an attempt to contact the minor on April 5, 2010.  No meeting was set up; it was just a friendly hello or an attempt to make contact.

Court documents show that Lewis, using screen name "countryguy323" thought he was talking to a 13 year old girl by the screen name "Jenna44691", when in fact it was an undercover police officer from Ohio.

Lewis will be back in court Monday morning.

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