- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A former aide to state Child and Family Services caseworkers in Helena is charged with sexually abusing a minor.

Andrew T. Lewis of Whitehall pleaded not guilty Wednesday to five felony counts during a hearing before District Judge Loren Tucker. Lewis was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Prosecutors allege Lewis committed the crimes between August and Oct. 16, when he was arrested.

State health department spokesman Jon Ebelt tells the Independent Record that Lewis was placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Lewis began working for the state in March as a social services technician. Agency officials have said social service technicians spend most of their time transporting children, supervising visits between parents and children, and providing other support services to children and families.

Lewis’ attorney, Jami Rebsom of Livingston, did not immediately return a phone call Friday seeking comment.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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