Danville man convicted of bribing alleged sex-assault victim

Danville man convicted of bribing alleged sex-assault victim

DANVILLE — A 37-year-old Danville man is facing between six and 30 years in prison for bribing a juvenile he allegedly sexually assaulted in January 2017.

A Vermilion County jury on Wednesday convicted Keyvell Lewis of one count of bribery, a Class 2 felony.

However, State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said Lewis is facing mandatory Class X sentencing due to his prior criminal history, which includes a 2005 armed robbery conviction, 2002 and 2000 forgery convictions and a 1996 robbery conviction, all in Cook County.

His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 22.

In January 2017, Lewis was charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in connection with a Jan. 11, 2017, incident, involving a victim who was between ages 13 and 17. They were increased to three counts of criminal sexual assault and six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in December of that year.

That case is still unresolved.

During Lewis' bribery trial Wednesday in Vermilion County, First Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber and Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCallum presented evidence showing that on Feb. 28, 2017, Lewis told the victim's mother that "if (prosecutors) didn't have a witness, they didn't have a case," Lacy said. "He suggested that the victim's mother could flee with the victim or the victim could come to court and say that Lewis didn't do it."

In a subsequent conversation with the victim and her mother, Lacy said, Lewis directed the victim to go to court and say she lied.

"Lewis told her he had $8,000 at home and that he would take her shopping with that money if she came to court and dropped the sexual-assault charges," she said.

Lacy said the case was investigated by Danville police Detective Dawn Hartshorn.

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