Wanda English Burnett
Lewis, 52, of Dillsboro was arrested last Thursday, April 8
on charges of Child Solicitation, a Class C felony.
Lewis was a police officer for the Aurora Police Department
until the same day of his arrest when he resigned.
According to information from the Indiana State Police, Lewis
was charged after he is alleged to have a sexually illicit chat
on the Internet with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old
Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard held a press
conference regarding the incident where he said Lewis never
attempted to meet the girl but had engaged in conversation
with her regarding sexual intercourse, deviate sexual conduct
and fondling. He said the undercover agent had sent photos of
herself posing as a child to Lewis. Negangard said Lewis had
sent live footage from a web camera of his male
The conversation is alleged to have taken place in December
On Monday of this week four additional charges were levied against
Lewis. These also involved inappropriate Internet conversations
with a different undercover officer in Ohio on four other occasions,
according to information from the Indiana State Police.
Investigators say attempted contact was made by Lewis as recently
as April 5 just three days before his arrest. He now faces five
counts of Child Solicitation.
At an initial hearing last Friday, Lewis pled not guilty.
Lewis had served as the former assistant police chief for the
City of Aurora, had been the police chief for the Town of Dillsboro
and worked for the Dearborn County Sheriffs Department
as well. He had a total of nearly 25 years in law enforcement.
He served with the Dillsboro Volunteer Fire Department for more
than 20 years.
Police say Lewis was not on duty at the time of the alleged
Prosecutor Negangard noted that Lewis, as others charged with
various crimes, is only accused at this time and is presumed
innocent until proven guilty. If found guilty, Lewis could face
up to eight years in prison and could be fined up to $10,000.
He could also have to register on Indianas sexual offender