Man Pleads to Statutory Rape and Sexual Battery Involving a Five-Year-Old Child: Receives 41-Year Sentence

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Septemeber 18, 2012
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Challis Lewis received a 33-year sentence after pleading guilty to the statutory rape and sexual battery of a five-year-old girl.

Lewis is required to serve his sentence day-for-day in prison without the possibility of parole or early release. In addition, he is required to register as a sex offender upon his release from custody.

Lewis was on probation for house burglary at the time of the assault and his probation was revoked based upon his plea of guilty. In addition to the 33-year sentence imposed for statutory rape and sexual battery, he will be required to serve an additional eight years for violating his probation.

Guest stated, “The violent sexual assault of a child is one of the most heinous and disturbing crimes known to any community. Challis is a dangerous and sick individual who will now serve more than 40 years in prison.”

On December 26, 2010, the victim was attending a sleepover at her aunt’s apartment when Lewis entered the apartment through a window and abducted her. He took her to an abandoned apartment next door where he sexually assaulted her. Lewis then forced the victim to climb back into the apartment through the same window from which he abducted her.

The next morning when the child awoke a relative noticed she had been sexually assaulted and took the victim to the Madison Medical Center for treatment. While at the hospital, a rape kit was conducted and some of the fabric from her nightgown was removed for DNA testing.

Lewis became a suspect of the Canton Police Department after the DNA found on the fabric was run through Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and matched the DNA collected from the defendant from a previous crime. Challis was arrested and voluntarily provided another DNA sample to law enforcement for testing. The test came back again as a positive match.

In addition to the DNA matches, Challis admitted the crimes to a cellmate who he was housed with at the Madison County jail.

Guest added, “The assault of this young girl was one of the worst cases I have prosecuted. What Lewis did to the victim that night was nothing short of pure evil and this little girl will forever bear the emotional scars caused by this sexual predator.”

Guest added, “The assault of this young girl was one of the worst cases I have prosecuted. What Lewis did to the victim that night was nothing short of pure evil and this little girl will forever bear the emotional scars caused by this sexual predator.”

Defendant:
Name: Challis Lewis
Date of Birth:2/22/84
Address: 211 North Street, Canton, MS

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