October 22 2017
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office initiated a Sex Abuse Investigation after receiving information that a 6-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by an 18 year old neighbor in Clatskanie. The identity of the six year old boy and his family are withheld for privacy reasons. The 18-year-old suspect was identified as John Lewis of Clatskanie. Upon investigation, it was revealed that when he was a juvenile, Lewis had sexually assaulted a child in the past in a different part of the state.
On 09/14/2017 Lewis was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Columbia County Jail. He is being charged with one count each of Unlawful Sexual Penetration, First Degree and Sexual Abuse, First Degree, and two counts of Sodomy, First Degree. Mr. Lewis was arraigned on the charges, and is being held on bail, with $29,500 security.
Investigators believe there could be additional victims. If you have information concerning this case, please contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 503 397-1521.