Staff Writer

A Findlay businessman has pleaded guilty to charges in a rape and burglary case, though the rape charge itself will be dismissed at sentencing. Michael E. Lewis, 39, owner of Partitions Plus, pleaded guilty Thursday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; assault, a first-degree misdemeanor; and abduction, a third-degree felony.

The abduction charge was amended from kidnapping, a first-degree felony. The original kidnapping charge had a specification indicating Lewis “committed the offense with sexual motivation,” according to the grand jury indictment from March 27, 2018.

The victim has agreed to the amended charge and the dismissal of the rape charge, a first-degree felony. She plans to speak when Lewis is sentenced by Judge Jonathan Starn on May 23.

The Courier does not name victims of sexual assault.

Lewis lived in rural Findlay when the Feb. 6, 2018, offenses happened. Court records now list a South Carolina address for Lewis.

According to the indictment, Lewis trespassed at a Findlay woman’s home to assault her and force her to engage in sexual activity. He faces up to 11 years in prison for aggravated burglary, up to three years in prison for abduction, and up to 180 days in jail for the misdemeanor assault charge.

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