CHEER LEADING COACH GETS 9 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Leonard Lewis, 33, of Seattle, pleaded guilty in 2019, admitting that he transported images of child rape and abuse on his personal electronic devices when he traveled from Seattle to London on March 1, 2018. Lewis was sentenced to nine years in prison an ten years of supervised release to follow the prison term.
Lewis was traveling to England to continue his career as a cheer coach. When he arrived and attempted to clear customs at Gatwick Airport, a United Kingdom Border Force Officer asked to examine Lewis’ cell phone. After being given the password, the officer found several images of child pornography. The cell phone, two laptop computers and Lewis’ PlayStation 4 were seized by law enforcement and Lewis was detained.
Lewis was sent back to the U.S. the next day, and his electronic devices were delivered to federal officials. Forensic examination of Lewis’ electronic devices revealed more than 5,000 images and 2,000 video files of child pornography.
The investigation determined that despite his sex offender status, which prohibited him from working with children, Lewis had been employed at a local gymnastics facility. Between 2016 and 2018, Lewis was employed as a cheer coach at the gym. Lewis had used a relative’s Social Security Number so that the facilities’ background check did not reveal Lewis’ registered sex offender status. Lewis has been a registered sex offender since 2012 when he was convicted of possession of child pornography.
Despite his earlier conviction Lewis continued to seek out images of child rape and abuse and to engage in conduct that undoubtedly supported an industry thriving on the sexual exploitation and misery of children.