ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The daughter of a former Geneva doctor just convicted of criminal sexual abuse last month is scheduled to appear in court herself on Oct. 23, on charges of indirect civil contempt herself, court records show.
Alesha J. Lewis, 26, the daughter of Mark G. Lewis, was scheduled to appear before Kane County Circuit Court Judge John Barsanti on Oct. 2, but when she did not show, the judge issued a warrant for her arrest.
After court papers were filed seeking to recall the warrant, Alesha Lewis is scheduled to appear before Barsanti on Oct. 23, records show.
Assistant Kane County State’s Attorney Julianne Gerding details that Alesha Lewis was first admonished in open court Sept 24 during her father’s trial. Barsanti told her “not to intimidate, attempt to intimidate any witness or counsel or act inappropriately in any way,” after she spoke to and stared at the victim in the hallway outside the courtroom during a break.
Then on Sept. 26, she “made obvious nodding gestures during Mark Lewis’s testimony, in the presence and view of the jury,” the petition stated.
Also on that date, Alesha Lewis “approached Assistant State’s Attorney Greg Sams, lead prosecutor … in the hallway on the third floor of the Kane County Judicial Center,” the petition stated.
Alesha Lewis looked at Sams and asked if he was nervous, and after Sams responded, she stated, “you sure look it,” the petition stated.
“Alesha J. Lewis continued to stare at … Sams for several moments before moving onward. … Sams considered this act to be intimidation or an attempt to intimidate him. Alesha J. Lewis has offered no reason or justification for her failure to comply with … (the) court order,” the petition stated.
Calling her failure to comply with the court order “wrongful and willful,” the petition also stated that, “There is no other means short of contempt for the court to uphold its authority.”
According to a summons sent to Alesha Lewis, she was ordered to appear before Barsanti to explain why she should not be held in contempt.
Barsanti has not yet scheduled a date for Mark Lewis’s sentencing hearing. Court records show an order was filed for a pre-sentencing investigation.
Mark Lewis, 60, faces four to 15 years in prison and
fines up to $25,000 for his conviction on a Class 1 felony.
A judge in March 2018 sentenced Lewis to 8 years in prison for his conviction for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and
unlawful possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification Card, both felonies, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney about his conviction.
In 2015, police found 110 marijuana plants, more than 11,000 grams of processed marijuana, a handgun and ammunition at Lewis’ St. Charles residence. Lewis’ FOID card had been revoked, the release stated.
“Mark Lewis is a disgusting predator who used his position and education to prey on this woman,” McMahon stated in the release about Mark Lewis’s conviction.
“I’m proud of her for the courage she showed in coming to court to face her attacker and tell her story. Sexual assault is a violent crime, and I’m pleased that we have been able to give her a measure of justice. My thanks to the jurors for their
thoughtful consideration of the facts and for their time this week, to (Assistant State’s Attorneys Greg) Sams and (Julianne) Gerding, and to the St. Charles Police Department for their hard work in this case.”