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Accused doctor pleads not guilty, seeks jury trial

Kane County Judge to allow cameras in courtroom; will explore restrictions

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT
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Dr. Mark G. Lewis

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Geneva doctor accused of aggravated criminal sexual assault pleaded not guilty Thursday and asked for a jury trial.

Dr. Mark G. Lewis, 55, of Geneva, was indicted this week on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault, both felonies.

At his arraignment before Kane County Circuit Court Judge John Barsanti, Lewis waived a reading of the charges through his attorneys, Michael Krejci and Dean Kekos.

Barsanti said Lewis, if convicted, faces up to 30 years in prison on the more serious charge, which could be doubled through the state’s extended terms of sentencing, with no probation.

If convicted of the lesser charge, Lewis faces up to 15 years in prison, which also could be doubled, Barsanti said, but with the possibility of probation.

Lewis was arrested in his office, July 8. Lewis previously lived in St. Charles where police and prosecutors allege he sexually assaulted a woman he knew on Nov. 17, 2012.

State regulators also temporarily suspended Lewis’ medical license in June, alleging he had inappropriate sexual relations with several patients and also alleging inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances to numerous individuals.

Also on Thursday, Krejci objected to extended media coverage, a request filed by the Kane County Chronicle.

“Extended media coverage ... would materially interfere with [Lewis’] right to a fair trial,” Krejci said. “It could possibly taint the jury pool ... as well as be a distraction.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Greg Sams said he had no objection to extended media coverage. Barsanti ruled that he would grant the newspaper’s request to allow cameras in the courtroom, but he set a hearing for Aug. 28 to discuss rules and restrictions on the extended media coverage. 

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