By Jeff Gallatin
Bay Village police said Monday they are seeking information from the public because they believe a Lakewood man and former church volunteer recently sentenced to 25 years in prison on kidnapping and sexual imposition charges probably has other victims.
Mark A. Lewis, 58, of Lakewood, and a former volunteer at the Lakewood Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was given 25 years in prison in December by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Gaul. The conviction and subsequent sentencing stem from an investigation by Bay Village officers, which led to Lewis being indicted on 26 counts of gross sexual imposition and kidnapping. Authorities said Lewis took advantage of his position as a church volunteer and friend of the family to sexually assault a boy multiple times over a seven-year time period. The assaults took place as far back as the 1970s, police said. The boy is now an adult.
Bay Village Detective Kevin Krolkosky said Monday officers believe there were incidents involving additional teenage boys.
“There was evidence indicating that there were incidents involving three other victims in which the statute of limitations had expired on those incidents,” Krolkosky said. “However, we found a large number of pictures of other teenage boys in our investigation.”
Krolkosky said the other pictures were not pornographic in nature, but portraits of young boys.
“There weren’t any pictures of a sexual nature, but it’s highly unusual for an adult male to have such a large number of pictures of teenage boys,” Krolkosky said. “Given the nature of the other incidents, we think there is a high probability that other incidents took place.”
Krolkosky said because of the sensitive nature of the crimes, some victims might be more likely to speak about them now.
“Victims often are afraid to speak about incidents like this if they think the criminal is still out there,” Krolkosky said. “With the perpetrator in jail now, some victims or people with information about similar incidents might be more willing to speak about it.”
Krolkosky asked anyone with any information to please call the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234.