Pickerington police on Tuesday, Jan. 31, arrested Pickerington High School Central football player Roger Lewis Jr. and charged him with two counts of rape.
Lewis, an 18-year-old senior, turned himself into Pickerington police after being contacted on Tuesday at school by officers.
He is charged with two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies, of an 18-year-old woman. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in December and again Jan. 6, according to the Pickerington Police Department.
“It’s my understanding (the victim) is an acquaintance,” Pickerington police Cmdr. Matt Delp said.
According to Pickerington police and the Fairfield County Prosecutor’s Office, Lewis had been under investigation for nearly a month.
Earlier this month, he received traffic citations from Pickerington police for speeding and driving under suspension. According to Delp, Lewis was driving the alleged victim’s vehicle at the time, and she was a passenger in the vehicle.
“The (alleged) victim reported the incidents to the police department after that traffic stop,” Delp said.
As of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, Lewis still was being processed at the Pickerington Police Department. Delp said Lewis would be transferred to the Fairfield County Jail and be held on $250,000 bond.
Delp said Lewis was expected to be arraigned Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Last fall, Lewis had 22 catches for 450 yards and eight touchdowns, returned three kickoffs for scores and returned a punt for a touchdown for Central. He was second-team all-league and special mention all-district. The Tigers lost the Division I state championship game to Cleveland St. Ignaitus 34-13 on Dec. 3 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton to finish 11-3 overall.
See the Feb. 2 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington for updates on this story.