ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Kane County Chronicle will be allowed extended media coverage of court appearances by a Geneva doctor accused of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
The rules were agreed to Thursday by Lewis’ attorney at a court appearance at the Kane County Judicial Center.
Dr. Mark G. Lewis, 55, of Geneva, has been indicted on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault, both felonies. He has pleaded not guilty to both.
In court papers, Lewis’ attorneys, Dean Kekos and Michael Krejci, asked that the photographer’s equipment be unobtrusive, be in an area designated for the media and follow policies that restrict photographing victims.
Lewis’ attorney also sought to restrict the media from approaching their client in the courtroom or the hallways. But Kane County Circuit Court Judge John Barsanti said he did not think his authority extended to the hallways.
Earlier this month, Barsanti ruled against their objection to cameras in the courtroom. In their court filing, Lewis’ attorneys wrote they would renew their objection if any of the rules were not followed.
Lewis’ next court date is Oct. 30 for a preliminary hearing.
Lewis previously lived in St. Charles, where police and prosecutors allege that he sexually assaulted a woman he knew on Nov. 17, 2012.
Barsanti said, if convicted, Lewis faces up to 30 years in prison on the more serious charge, which could be doubled through the state’s extended terms of sentencing, and no probation. If convicted of the lesser charge, Lewis could face up to 15 years in prison, which also can be doubled, Barsanti said, but with the possibility of probation.
State regulators also temporarily suspended Lewis’ medical license in June, alleging he had inappropriate sexual relations with several patients and alleging inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances to numerous individuals.