Police say man accused of assaulting babysitter may have other victims

A Post Falls man arrested after police say he gave a girl drugs, alcohol and a sexually transmitted disease may have more victims, according to police.

John M. Lewis, Jr., 28, and his wife, Britta Lewis, 28, were arrested Jan. 30 after two 15- and 17-year-old Spokane Valley sisters told their mother they’d drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with the couple during a four- or five-day stay at their home around New Year’s Eve, said Detective Sgt. Dave Beck.

In addition to charges of dispensing alcohol and a controlled substance to minors, John Lewis is charged with lewd conduct with a minor and attempted lewd conduct with a minor after the girls’ mother discovered her daughter had contracted chlamydia from an alleged encounter with him, Beck said.

Britta Lewis works with the girls’ mother in Spokane, and the girls were to babysit the couple’s 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, Beck said. The couple’s children are now in child protective custody.

Police in Post Falls are working with Spokane police to identify a second victim in Spokane, Beck said, and to investigate “a possible pattern developing with ex-babysitters.”

John Lewis remains in Kootenai County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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