Custodian arrested after inappropriately texting 13-year-old - WKRN News 2

Custodian arrested after inappropriately texting 13-year-old student

Posted: Updated: March 27, 2013 09:43 PM
Ronald Lewis, 51 Ronald Lewis, 51
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. -

A custodian in Rutherford County Schools was terminated as allegations of inappropriately touching a young student came to light.

Ronald Lewis, 51, was charged Wednesday with assault.

According to authorities, Lewis had been texting a 13-year-old student.

Once the school was notified of the allegations, they immediately informed the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and an investigation began.

Lewis was terminated on March 20 before the investigation was complete.

James Evans, the Rutherford County Schools Community Relations Coordinator, said the termination occurred before the investigation was over because it was clearly inappropriate for a custodian to be repeatedly engaging with a student through text messages.

Through the investigation, detectives learned that Lewis texted the young girl for several months beginning in December without her parents' permission.

Detectives obtained the student's phone and found texts from Lewis that asked her if he could be her boyfriend, told her she was beautiful and fine.

Lewis's texts included icons for kisses and roses, as well as a warning that she if she told police about the texts that he would go to jail, according to investigators.

The lead detective in the investigation then assumed the girl's identity while in possession of the phone.

Lewis reportedly continued to text the phone believing it was the 13-year-old girl and said that he loved her.

Lewis was charged and booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He was released on bail Wednesday.

His hearing has been set for April 15.

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