King County prosecutors today charged a 31-year-old man with rape, extortion and and criminal impersonation for allegedly raping a woman in North Seattle while posing as a plainclothes police officer.
Prosecutors allege in charging documents that Michael S. Lewis confronted the 26-year-old victim as she was walking in the 1100 block of North 93rd Street around 11:30 p.m. on June 15. Lewis allegedly asked the woman if she was “working” and showed her a badge, saying he was an undercover police officer working on a drug sting.
Prosecutors allege that Lewis told the woman, who had been on her way to meet friends, that he would arrest her for prostitution if she did not comply with his demands. He then pushed her into some bushes and sexually assaulted her, police and prosecutors said.
Lewis was arrested by Seattle police just blocks from where the assault took place after police received tips that Lewis was known to use a badge to rip off drugs and had been in the neighborhood on the night of the rape, police said.
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A DNA profile developed from evidence recovered from the victim was matched to Lewis, prosecutors said in charging documents.
Lewis, who has criminal convictions for robbery, domestic violence, drugs and and assault, is being held in King County Jail on $500,000.