Judge takes 2017 inactive sex assault case under advisement in Clinton County

Judge takes 2017 inactive sex assault case under advisement in Clinton County

CLINTON COUNTY, IL — Judge Christopher Matoush has taken under advisement a 2017 Clinton County case accusing a 23-year-old Beckemeyer man of sexual assault. Defense attorney Tim Huyett has filed two motions to dismiss the case that languished for over two years without any activity.

Judge Matoush expects to have a decision on those and other motions before the next hearing in the case on May 20. Clinton County Detective Todd Timmerman testified before Judge Matoush Wednesday in court. The case was filed in 2017 following an alleged incident involving graduating high school seniors in Germantown. Lewis was initially charged with three Class 1 felony counts of criminal sexual assault by force. After no action for more than two years in the case, State Assistant Appellate Prosecutor Lorinda Lamken presented three new counts of the same Class 1 felony offense to the case. Lewis has remained free on bond since shortly after his arrest but the case has languished in court since January 18, 2019, when Judge Daniel Hartigan was assigned the case. He’s currently the Jasper County Resident Judge.

Three judges in the circuit had previously recused themselves from the case. Lewis’ mother is local attorney Janice Pulver who has twice run unsuccessfully for Clinton County State’s Attorney.

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