Teen girl who says she was forced into sex act goes to police headquarters to file report
SAN ANTONIO - Police arrested a man accused of touching a 14-year-old girl and attempting to force her into a sex act.
Court papers state the teenage victim walked into the San Antonio Police Department's Headquarters last month to report an incident involving Shannon Lewis, 22.
Investigators said the victim claimed Lewis touched her over and under her clothing. She also described one incident in which she claimed Lewis held her face down while trying to force her into a sex act.
The girl went to a hospital for treatment and reported the incident herself to police.
Lewis is now charged with indecency with a child and is being held in the Bexar County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
We took his arrest affidavit to Randy McGibeny, a counselor at ChildSafe who works with abused children. The affidavit goes into graphic detail, and what it describes is all too common in our community.
"I could pull probably go inside and pull probably 20 forensic interviews just this month alone that would be very similar to this,” McGibeny says.
To protect the girl’s privacy, we won’t tell you how she and the suspect know each other - just that they do.
"Ninety-three percent of the time, it's going to be an individual known and trusted by the family member,” McGibeny says.
He recognizes the pattern from years of working with children who have been abused.
"We wind up having the kids coming in and telling us exactly what has happened to them in graphic detail,” McGibeny says.
He says more than 100 cases a month walk through ChildSafe’s doors, sometimes with videotaped evidence of the crimes.
"The cases are worse,” McGibeny says. “We're seeing a lot more severe physical and a lot more severe sexual abuse cases this year."
Because child sex abuse crimes tend to increase during the holiday season, he warns families: if you’re opening your doors over the holidays or traveling to see family, don’t let your guard down.
"Maybe the boyfriend or girlfriend is staying the night. And maybe he's a perpetrator,” McGibeny says. “So being aware when you're going out of town and when you're staying at family member's houses - the individuals who actually have access to children is very, very important."