Sacto 9-1-1
October 17, 2012
Former Sacramento teacher gets 18 years for child sex crimes

Thumbnail image for RB Preston Lewis 3.JPGFormer Sacramento teacher Preston Lewis was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in state prison for child sex crimes.

Lewis, who taught special education students at Sam Brannan Middle School, reached a plea deal last month in which he pleaded no contest to three felonies and a misdemeanor for molesting a 7-year-old boy, sending sexual text messages to 14-year-old student and possessing child pornography.

A Bee investigation last year found Lewis had been accused of inappropriate behavior as a teacher on three occasions, including twice after the state revoked his foster care license in 2007.

The state Department of Social Services barred Lewis in 2007 from being employed, visiting or contacting any facility licensed by the department after he was accused of fondling a boy and showering with another.

Lewis continued to teach in the Sacramento City Unified School district until 2010 when he was accused of communicating with one of his special education students with the intent to commit a sexual offense.

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