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Bond set on husband, wife in rape case

Bonds of $1 million and $100,000 were set Tuesday for an Orrville husband and wife for their roles in a sexual relationship the man carried out with an underage female relative of his wife.

Tyrone Lewis, of 847 Dallas Co. Road 33 in Orrville, who is facing charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and enticing a child for immoral for the relationship with the victim, received a $1 million bond Tuesday.

Tyrone’s wife, Jessica Lewis, is facing one count of hindering prosecution and received a $100,000 bond.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said Jessica’s bond is higher than what is normally given to someone facing the charge of hindering prosecution because of the severity of the charges against her husband.

“Her bond is way outside the guidelines,” Jackson said. “But we sought a higher bond in this case because of the serious nature of these allegations. He committed rape, and she covered it up.”

In an earlier interview with the Times-Journal, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department investigator Sgt. Mike Granthum said the department believes Jessica had knowledge of the crimes and did not alert authorities.

“She has been charged because the victim had come to her … and told her what was going on, and she hadn’t reacted,” Granthum said. “The victim told investigators she had told [Jessica] and she never helped.”