Judge: Former Geneva doctor to stay in jail on sex charges

  • Mark G. Lewis

    Mark G. Lewis

Updated 5/13/2015 3:43 PM

A Kane County judge Wednesday declined to reinstate bond for a former Geneva doctor who was arrested on charges he grew and possessed more than $600,000 in marijuana while free on bond from a 2012 sexual assault case.

The ruling by Judge John Barsanti means Mark G. Lewis, 55, of St. Charles, will continue to be held at the Kane County jail on charges he sexually assaulted a woman he knew at his home in November 2012.


Lewis was charged in July 2014 with sexual assault, which carries a top penalty of up to 30 years in prison.

Lewis had posted $25,000 of $250,000 bail on the sex case, but last week was arrested after authorities searched his home and seized nearly 26 pounds of processed marijuana, more than 100 plants and a handgun.

He faces 12 to 60 years in prison on the drug charges if convicted.

Last week, Lewis' bond on the sex case was revoked and Wednesday his attorney, Dean Kekos, unsuccessfully argued to have Barsanti reinstate bond for Lewis, according to court records.

Kekos could not be reached for additional comment.

If Barsanti had reinstated bond for Lewis, he would have had to post $100,000 of the $1 million bail on the drug charges to be released.

Assistant State's Attorney Greg Sams said Lewis is accused of growing 119 cannabis plants, not the 199 authorities said he was caught with last week, because some of the plants seized were cuttings and not larger plants yet.

Lewis is next due in court June 4.

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