Crime

Substitute teacher arrested in case of sex with 15-year-old student

Christopher Lewis
Christopher Lewis

A substitute teacher has been arrested on charges he had sex with a 15-year-old male student twice within a year.

Harrison County sheriff’s investigators arrested Christopher Lewis, 23, Monday night on two counts of sexual battery. He was a contract worker in the Harrison County School District.

The sex acts occurred in a vehicle and not on a school campus, sheriff’s Lt. Coley Judy said.

Lewis’ arrest came after a teacher in the district told another teacher of a rumor involving Lewis and a boy.

The second teacher notified the principal, who called the sheriff’s department, Judy said.

Lewis had intercourse with the boy in April 2016 and last month, Judy said.

An investigator called Lewis and asked him to come to the sheriff’s criminal investigations division at the county jail Monday.

Judy said Lewis went to the office willingly, but declined to answer questions and asked for an attorney.

“We had enough probable cause to hold him here and get an arrest warrant,” he said.

Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner signed an arrest warrant and set a $150,000 bond that covers both charges.

Lewis was released on bond later Monday night, the jail docket shows. The teen has been interviewed.

“The kid talked about it and said the sex was consensual,” Judy said.

Under state law, however, the alleged acts are crimes because the student is a minor.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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