South Lake Tahoe man arrested in suspected statutory-rape case |

South Lake Tahoe man arrested in suspected statutory-rape case

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

Russell Gregory Lewis was arrested Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe by members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis is accused of violating Penal Code sections 261.5(c) and 288(a). These felony crimes are commonly known as statutory rape and lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, 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 the assault is a 13-year-old girl, and the event occurred in the Tahoma area, Lovell said.

Deputies believed that Lewis fled the Tahoma area to his father’s home in South Lake Tahoe, 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, Lewis admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 13-year-old victim, and said he believed the sex was consensual, Lovell said.

The case has been referred to the district attorney’s office for further review and criminal complaint.

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