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Crime & Courts

Accused doctor's attorney objects to cameras in the courtroom

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The attorney for a Geneva doctor accused of criminal sexual assault objected to media cameras being allowed in the courtroom Friday.

Kane County Circuit Judge John Barsanti rescinded his earlier approval to allow cameras in the courtroom until after a hearing Aug. 7.

Dr. Mark G. Lewis, 55, of Geneva was charged July 8 with two felonies – aggravated criminal sexual assault, punishable by six to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000, and criminal sexual assault, punishable by four to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.

Lewis was released after posting $25,000 bail or 10 percent of $250,000 bond.

Lewis previously lived in St. Charles, where police and prosecutors allege that he sexually assaulted the victim, a woman he knew, on Nov. 17, 2012.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation temporarily suspended Lewis’ medical license June 26, alleging he had inappropriate sexual relations with several patients and was inappropriately prescribing controlled substances to numerous individuals.

Regulators charged that his “actions constitute an immediate danger to the public” in suspending his license.

Delnor Hospital in Geneva also suspended Lewis’s privileges after learning his medical license temporarily was suspended.

Lewis’ attorney, Dean Kekos, objected to extended media coverage sought by the Kane County Chronicle. Kekos would not say why he objected to cameras in the courtroom, but he said he would file court papers stating his reasons.

Assistant State’s Attorney Greg Sams said he did not object to extended media coverage Friday, but he would object to an order of continuing media coverage.

“We did not object to cameras in the courtroom when the orders were first signed,” Sams said. “We object to a continuing order which neither party had had a chance to object to yet.”

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