David Lewis will serve 2 years behind bars for the repeated sexual assault of a 14 year old girl, their employer Opera Australia knew about the assaults and rather than call the police, they hired a babysitter !
Opera singer David Lewis has been sentenced to 3 years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 2 years, for the sexual abuse of a teenage girl, with the judge saying he only stopped offending because he had been caught.
The victim, who was aged 14 and 15 at the time of the attacks, was a member of the children’s chorus for Opera Australia in 1993 and worked in multiple productions with Lewis, who was 34 at the time.
To make matters worse during his grooming of the girl she told him that she was a repeated survivor of child sexual assault. This vile predator knew she was incredibly vulnerable and still chose to take advantage of that vulnerabiity by sexually abusing her !
Judge Sarah Huggett on Friday sentenced Lewis on two counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 16 and took into account three further charges of aggravated indecent assault. While handing down the non-parole sentence of two years, Judge Huggett said she believed Lewis “set out” to exploit the immaturity of the victim “for his own sexual gratification”.
Lewis, a full-time member of the adult chorus, admitted to having ‘a relationship’ with the teenager from December 1993 to April 1995 after his arrest in July 2017. He denied it was sexual in nature.
That was not a relationship, that was rape!
A child cannot give consent and without consent, it is rape!
The court heard Lewis first touched the girl when he kissed and groped her and put his hands inside her underwear next to the stage while a performance was on. During one production Lewis took the young girl to a stairwell at the Opera House, where she performed oral sex on him before being interrupted by a member of the crew.
When the crew member informed the chorus master, Opera Australia, then known as the Australian Opera Company, did not take action against Lewis but instead employed a “childminder”. According to court documents, the childminder was told “the most important thing is that you keep the children away from the adults, and the adults away from the children”.
Opera Australia or Australian Opera Company, whatever you wish to be known as, and anyone else who works with children, listen up…..
If you catch an adult sexually abusing a child you do not hire a babysitter, YOU FIRE THE ADULT WHILST CALLING THE POLICE AND THEN GET COUNSELLING FOR THE CHILD AND DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN..!
How could Opera Australia possibly believe they were doing the right thing by not calling the police, and not firing Lewis.
He should have been fired instantly and the police called immediately !
Opera Australia, you should be charged with child endangerment…. at the very least !
A second offence occurred several months later when Lewis invited the child to his home while his wife was away and sexually abused the teenager in his spa. The survivor, now in her late 30s, explained to the court earlier this year how Lewis would “sneak” her around to different areas of the Sydney Opera House and thought what she was doing was “normal”.
She also told of how Lewis, who was 20 years her senior, “groomed her” into thinking she was “important” and was his “special friend”. Typical behaviour of a predator, grooming his chosen victim into believing they are special and loved.
The survivor met with the offender’s wife in 2010 and told her about the so-called ‘relationship’, before meeting with Lewis in July 2011 where he apologised for his actions during her time in the children’s chorus.
She attended Day Street Police Station in Sydney’s CBD in May 2017, and contacted Lewis in a recorded call where he told her he was “really sorry about what happened” and that their relationship was “not something” he was “really proud of”.
Lewis will be eligible for parole on December 14, 2020. We can only hope that while behind bars he gets some time to contemplate why being a child predator is not a good thing. Like it or not Mr Lewis that’s what you are, a child predator, who groomed then repeatedly attacked a vulnerable child whom you knew had been previously abused..
Opera Australia you should be charged with child endangerment and knowingly covering up a crime, for NOT firing Mr Lewis and NOT calling the police when you knew full well a crime had been committed.
Why someone hasn’t been held accountable for allowing this predator to continue sexually abusing a child, is beyond us !
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