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URBANA — A misdemeanor theft charge lodged against a former Champaign County Courthouse security officer has been dismissed in the wake of her successful completion of a second-chance program.

Joanne Lewis, 59, of Champaign completed 15 hours of public service, paid her fees and made restitution of $63 to the employee from whom she allegedly stole.

Lewis, who worked as a Champaign County sheriff’s court security officer about eight years, resigned her post July 19, two days after she allegedly took money from the purse of a co-worker that was in that woman’s desk.

Court records show she successfully completed the program Nov. 1, so her criminal case was dismissed in advance of a scheduled Nov. 15 status hearing. She had been charged Sept. 11.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).