Lake Tahoe authorities arrest man in connection with sexual assault of a child |

Lake Tahoe authorities arrest man in connection with sexual assault of a child

A 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child under the age of 14, authorities said.

Russell Gregory Lewis was arrested at the 800 Block of Jeffery Street in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday by members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis was charged with violations of Penal Code sections 261.5(c) and 288(a). These charges are felony crimes and are commonly known as statutory rape and lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 years, said El Dorado Sheriff’s Office Lt. Les Lovell in a news release.

Earlier that day, Sheriff’s deputies received information of a sexual assault that had occurred during the nighttime hours of Feb. 22 or early in the morning on Feb. 23, Lovell said.

The victim in this assault is a 13 year old female and the event occurred in the Tahoma area. Investigation by deputies developed and information linking Lewis to the alleged crime, Lovell said.

Deputies believed that Lewis had fled the Tahoma area to his father’s home on Jeffery Street, Lovell said.

“When deputies attempted to interview Lewis at the residence, Lewis ran out the back door. Anticipating Lewis’ attempt at flight, and recognizing the seriousness of the crimes, Lewis was arrested at the scene by deputies positioned at the rear of the residence,” Lovell said.

During a post arrest interview of Lewis, he admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 13 year old victim, Lovell said. Lewis stated that he believe the sex was consensual. This matter has been referred to the District Attorney’s Office for further review and criminal complaint.

“The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the significant impact these types of events have upon our children. We would remind parents to be actively involved in who their kids are with and where they are,” Lovell said.

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