Former county jail warden pleads guilty to corruption of minors charge


Former county jail warden pleads guilty to corruption of minors charge
  1. Former county jail warden pleads guilty to corruption of minors charge
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    FRANKLIN — A former Crawford County jail warden could get up to five years in state prison after pleading guilty in Venango County Court of Common Pleas in connection with trying to get a teenage boy to have sex w…
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FRANKLIN — A former Crawford County jail warden could get up to five years in state prison after pleading guilty in Venango County Court of Common Pleas in connection with trying to get a teenage boy to have sex with him several years ago.

Timmy "Tim" Lewis, 54, of Meadville pleaded guilty last week in Venango County Court in Franklin to corruption of minors and faces a maximum of five years in state prison and a $10,000 fine when he is sentenced next month.

In May, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation charged Lewis with a total of four counts  — one count each of corruption of minors, promotion of prostitution and related offenses, indecent exposure and open lewdness. Police alleged that from November 2013 through December 2014 Lewis solicited a then 17-year-old Venango County boy for sex in Franklin and other areas of Venango and Crawford counties.

Lewis was scheduled to go to trial this month on the four counts in Venango County, but he entered a guilty plea to corruption of minors on Sept. 25. The guilty plea to corruption of minors was part of a plea agreement with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, which is prosecuting the case. The charges promotion of prostitution and related offenses, indecent exposure and open lewdness are to be dropped as part of the plea agreement.

According to the arrest affidavit filed in the case, Lewis and the teenage boy first met at Moose Lodge 2505 of Meadville in the fall of 2013 when the teen’s family joined the social club. Lewis subsequently sent the teen a Facebook friend request which was accepted, according to the affidavit.

More than once Lewis sent the teenager messages via Facebook in attempts to arrange meetings at the lodge or in Lewis’ car for sex, according to the affidavit. The affidavit said those messages started when the boy was 17 and continued past the teen’s June 2014 high school graduation and the teen’s subsequent 18th birthday.

Lewis, who was administrator of Moose Lodge 2505 at the time, exposed himself to the boy inside the lodge on two separate occasions, according to the affidavit. The teen rejected Lewis’ advances repeatedly and only encountered Lewis at the lodge.

Lewis had offered the boy $500 as a graduation gift in exchange for sex and in November 2014 increased the offer to $1,000, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said the teen declined Lewis’ offers, citing he was in a serious relationship and would not have sex with Lewis. The affidavit said Lewis subsequently threatened to contact the person who the teen was having a relationship. According to the affidavit, the messages from Lewis stopped after the teen told Lewis that if he was not left alone, th…

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