By Conrad Dudderar
A Canadian County judge has sentenced an Oklahoma City man to spend six months in the jail as part of a 10-year suspended sentence for using a mobile device and social media to try and lure an underage girl for sex.
Tyler Andrew Lewis, 35, was convicted July 1 in Canadian County District Court after pleading guilty to soliciting sexual conduct/communication with a minor by use of technology.
Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass sentenced Lewis to 10 years, all suspended except for the first months to serve in the Canadian County Jail.
As a convicted sex offender, Hill will be supervised by the state Department of Corrections after his release from detention.
The defendant, represented by public defender J.P. Hill, had faced 10 years in prison and/or a maximum $10,000 fine on the felony charge.
Hill was charged June 29, 2020, after an investigation by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.
Hill communicated with an undercover sheriff’s deputy, posing as a 14-year-old girl, between November 2019 and April 2020 using text messaging and Facebook Messenger.
Lewis advised he was 21 years old and the investigator – posing as the minor – told him she was 14, according to court documents.
The defendant messaged, “That’s fine as long as your (sic) ok with it.”
Lewis then asked if the girl would send “some naughty flirtatious pictures” of herself to him and “maybe a full nude”, according to a probable cause affidavit.
He reportedly sent more pictures via Facebook Messenger, asked for her to send dirty photos and suggested they “get a motel” to have sex.
Lewis even offered to pay $20 and $40 for the girl’s explicit photos before sending even more lurid pictures of himself via text and social media, court documents indicate.
The sheriff’s investigator positively identified Lewis during a video call on her undercover cellular device.