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Spokane man faces life term for child rape

UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017

By Chelsea Embree Lewiston Tribune

COLFAX – A Spokane man was sentenced to up to life in prison for raping a 4-year-old LaCrosse, Washington, boy.

Joshua J. Lewandowski, 36, was sentenced late last week to a minimum prison term of 123 months – or 10 years and 3 months. Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey included an indeterminate sentence of life in prison, the maximum penalty possible for the Class A felony.

Lewandowski was arrested in November in connection with a sexual assault report at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. The 4-year-old boy’s mother told deputies that Lewandowski had served as baby sitter for the child, who later started acting differently and losing bowel control, according to court documents.

The boy’s mother noticed bruising on his buttocks while bathing him. She asked the child if someone had hurt him, and the boy reportedly said Lewandowski had.

In January, Lewandowski pleaded guilty to the felony charge of first-degree rape of a child as part of a plea agreement that did not reduce the charge against him but did recommend a lesser sentence of 93 months – or 7 years and 8 months – in prison. He has no criminal history, according to court documents.

Under Libey’s sentence, Lewandowski will become eligible for parole after he has served 123 months in prison.

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