Bay Village police worried there are more sex crime victims after man sentenced

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio - After a Lakewood man was sentenced on kidnapping and gross sexual imposition, police in Bay Village are concerned that there are more victims.

Mark Lewis pleaded guilty to the charges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Dec. 11 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The conviction and sentencing was the result of an investigation by Bay Village Police into Lewis' relationship with a young male when the male was between the ages of 12 and 16 years old.

The man, now an adult, recently reported the incidents of abuse. 

Lewis was arrested by Bay Village police on July 19, 2012 after an investigation that determined Lewis took advantage of his volunteer position with Church of Latter Day Saints and as a family friend of the victim.

According to authorities, the investigation revealed Lewis had sexually assaulted at least three additional victims. The investigation led to a 26 count indictment on gross sexual imposition and kidnapping charges in connection to Lewis sexually assaulting the teenage male over seven years, police said.

The assaults took place as far back as the late 1970s. When police searched the home of Lewis, they found photographs of teen boys, seemingly photos of boys Lewis met through the church and befriended.

"Because of Lewis's former position with the Church of Latter Day Saints, he had continual contact with other young males. Police believe there is a high probability of other victims and encourage anyone who may have had contact with Lewis to contact Det. Kevin Krolkosky at the Bay Village Police Department, 440-871-1234," said Bay Village authorities in a news release.

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