TULSA - A Missouri man indicted on federal charges for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 3-year-old Fairland girl will go to trial Oct. 20 in Tulsa. .
Jeffery Cornell Lewis, 33, of Joplin, Mo., is charged in the United States District Court in Tulsa with interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, use of mail or interstate facility to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct and of using a cellular telephone and text messaging the child's mother, who he believed had custody of the child, to make arrangement in carrying out the proposed assault.
Lewis appeared in court Monday where a trial date was set. He is also charged in Ottawa County District Court in Miami with directing transportation of a child for purposes of lewdness.
In an earlier interview, Bob Ernst, Ottawa County undersheriff said the child's parents told authorities they had an open relationship and the mother had met Lewis on an adult website in 2007.
On July 27, Lewis sent text messages to the girl's mother saying he wanted to meet with her and her daughter for a sexual relationship, he said. He also sent several text messages to the mother describing explicit sexual acts he wanted to have with the child.
The parents contacted authorities and arrangements were made for Lewis to meet with what he thought was the mother and daughter in a Miami motel but instead the Missouri man was arrested when he arrived at the motel, Ernst said.
Lewis confessed to authorities he went to Miami to have sex with an adult, not a child and that he sent the text messages as part of a fantasy world and this was part of an online game, he said.
Lewis remains in federal custody.