Man Sentenced to 29 Years to Life for Child Molestation

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 06, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Omid Talai, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-9272

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Julius Lewis (DOB 4/2/1961 CN 2344913) was sentenced to 29 years to life for his conviction of five counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of fourteen.

“The defendant preyed upon innocent children and stole their childhood. His vile and reprehensible conduct cannot and will not be tolerated,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Because of Angelina B., a courageous little girl who reported the sexual assault in 2007, other victims were discovered and this defendant will never again harm another child.”

On September 8, 2011, Lewis was convicted after a five week trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 27 before the Honorable Newton Lam. After five hours of deliberation, the jury found defendant Lewis guilty of five counts of lewd act upon a child under fourteen in violation of California Penal Code Section 288(a). The jury also found true the allegation that he committed these crimes against more than one victim pursuant to California Penal Code Section 667.61(e)(5). On charges that he committed four lewd acts in 1989, the jury found that the statute of limitations was extended pursuant to California Penal Code Section 803(f)(1).

In August of 2007, Angelina B., a six year old at the time, disclosed to a nurse that the defendant was sexual assaulting her. Angelina would visit the defendant’s home on a frequent basis because she was a friend of his daughters and her foster mother was acquainted with him. According to the Family Victim Impact Statement presented at the sentencing, “Angelina lost comfort with her own body. She felt ugly and wrongThe joy that children can have in just being themselves was stripped from her and has had to be rebuilt. It has taken years for her to feel truly happy and loved.”

Due to the diligent and thorough investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspector Alexis Goldner, it was discovered that the defendant had sexually abused his stepdaughter, Teresa C., in late 1980s in Texas. Teresa C. also disclosed that their family lived in San Francisco for a short period of time in 1989 when she was just eleven years old. She reported that the Defendant would have intercourse with her on a regular basis at least once a week while they lived in San Francisco. Teresa C stated on a Victim Impact Statement “this crime took every childhood dream I had growing up…this trial and verdict is now giving me the voice I need to grow better for not only myself but for my children.”

Inspector Goldner also discovered several other women who lived in Texas, who were victims of sexual assaults while they were children including the Teresa C’s step-sister LaShawn C., and two other women who were childhood friends of Teresa C: Lanae W. and Sabrina W. The court allowed three of the previous victims to testify so the jury could consider whether the defendant had a propensity to commit sex crimes against children. The District Attorney’s Office also introduced a prior conviction from Texas for indecency with a child as evidence of defendant’s propensity to commit these crimes.

“Congratulation to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the San Francisco Police Department for the successful prosecution of this very serious child abuse case,” said Janet Hines, MS, PNP, Nurse Practitioner, CASARC. “This is a proud day for all the San Francisco government agencies that investigate child abuse.”

These convictions are the result of the investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspector Alexis Goldner. Assistant District Attorney Asit Panwala prosecuted the case. Jerdine Clarke was the victim advocate.