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CPS teacher charged with raping longtime friend

Lewis Himes Jr. | Submitted

Lewis Himes Jr. | Submitted

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Updated: June 6, 2013 1:39AM

A Chicago Public Schools teacher has been charged with allegedly raping a longtime friend after the two watched a basketball game and drank wine at the victim’s South Side residence late last month.

Lewis Himes Jr., 41, was already intoxicated when he came to the woman’s home with a bottle of wine on May 28, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.

The woman, who had known Himes for the last two decades, figured Himes was too drunk to drive so she let him sleep at her house in the 1600 block of West 56th, Assistant State’s Attorney Christy Brewer said.

But Himes came into the woman’s bed and in the morning, allegedly sexually assaulted her even though she asked him to stop and tried to escape.

Himes eventually left the 41-year-old’s residence, however he later sent the woman a text message admitting what he did and apologized for forcing her to have sex with him, Brewer said.

Himes, who told Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. he teaches 7th and 8th grade students at Turner Drew Language Academy, was arrested at work on Monday, in the 9300 block of South Princeton, according to a Chicago Police report.

Himes allegedly told officers, “How can it be rape? She was on top of me.”

When Brewer detailed Himes’ past in court Wednesday and pointed out that he has a 2000 federal fraud conviction, a perplexed Bourgeois said, “So a convicted felon now teaches at the Chicago Public Schools?”

Defense attorney Dan Cheeks then told Bourgeois that the federal charge had been reduced to a misdemeanor. Bourgeois then spoke of Himes’ current criminal case, wondering if the school board would “take any action.”

Himes, of the 900 block of E. 54th Street, was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 for criminal sexual assault.

Bourgeois ordered Himes to undergo electronic monitoring should he be able to post bond.

CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said: “CPS is aware of these allegations and the employee has been removed from the classroom.”

“We will follow any legal proceedings and take further action at the appropriate time as needed,” she said.

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