Man gets prison for traveling to Aurora for sex with children – Chicago Tribune
A Pennsylvania man faces a mandatory prison sentence after being convicted of traveling to Aurora and paying to have a sexual encounter with children.
A Kane County jury Wednesday convicted 38-year-old Shane R. Lewis of involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, a Class X felony, traveling to meet a minor, a Class 3 felony, and grooming, a Class 4 felony, according to a press release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The jurors deliberated for about two hours before reaching the verdict.
Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that on Jan. 8, 2015, Lewis, who was in the Chicago area for business purposes, traveled from DuPage County to an Aurora hotel with the intent to pay to have sex with what he believed would be a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, according to the release.
When Lewis arrived at the hotel, he met a person he thought was the girls’ mother, confirmed that he wanted sexual favors, paid the person $200, and was arrested by officers from Homeland Security Investigations and the Aurora Police Department.
Lewis testified during the trial that his intent was to engage in sexual conduct with the children, according to the release.
Kane County Associate Judge Linda S. Abrahamson set Lewis’ next court appearance for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22, for motions and sentencing. Lewis faces a sentence of between 6 and 30 years in prison.
In addition to the prison term, Lewis must register for 10 years as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.
Lewis had been free on $12,500 bond. Bond was revoked upon conviction and Lewis was taken into custody.