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Geneva doctor with suspended license now charged with sexual assault

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 4:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:07 a.m. CDT
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Dr. Mark G. Lewis

A Geneva doctor charged with criminal sexual assault is being held in the Kane County Jail on $250,000 bond, officials said.

Dr. Mark G. Lewis, 55, was taken into custody at noon Tuesday at his Geneva medical practice, American Family Doctor, 2197 Blackberry Drive, Geneva, officials said, after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Lewis was charged with two felonies – aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault and, if he is convicted of the most serious, he would face six to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.

Lewis appeared in bond court later Tuesday afternoon. He was told if he posts $25,000, or 10 percent of the bail, he is to have no contact with the victim, must refrain from consuming alcohol and must surrender his passport.

Lewis’ next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. July 25 before Kane County Circuit Court Judge John Barsanti.

Lewis, of the 2100 block of Blackberry Drive, Geneva, previously lived in the 0-99 block of Squire Lane, St. Charles, where police and Kane County prosecutors allege that he sexually assaulted the victim, a woman he knew, on Nov. 17, 2012.

State regulators temporarily suspended Lewis’ medical license June 26, alleging he had inappropriate sexual relations with several patients and inappropriately prescribed controlled substances to numerous people.

Regulators charged that his “actions constitute an immediate danger to the public” in suspending his license. According to details of the state regulatory charges, a St. Charles woman reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by Lewis at his house.

On June 9, the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services issued a lab report showing that semen identified in the woman’s anal swabs as part of a rape kit matched Lewis’s DNA profile, according to the charges.

Lewis denied having a sexual relationship with the woman in an interview with the regulatory department’s investigator, according to the charges.

Also according to the regulatory charges, a patient admitted that she engaged in a sexual relationship with Lewis while he continued to provide care and treatment for her.

Lewis himself admitted to an investigator to having a sexual relationship with a former patient in his practice – and then he hired her to work in his office while he continued to prescribe controlled substances for her, according to the charges.

Lewis was scheduled to appear before an administrative law judge and the Medical Disciplinary Board on Wednesday for a hearing regarding his license suspension.

In an emailed statement, Cadence Health said it suspended Lewis’ privileges July 2 after learning of his license suspension.

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