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Des Moines Man Back Behind Bars for Charges that Mirror Conviction From Over 20 Years Ago

A convicted sex offender is facing new charges that mirror crimes he was charged with more than two decades ago.

Des Moines police said 39-year-old Loren Lewis lured two boys, ages 11 and 12, from a home to a nearby school property.

“They were familiar with the suspect just from seeing him around the neighborhood,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. “I think he used that as a way to introduce himself and make conversation with them.”

...“It’s really important to talk to kids about if someone is touching you and asks to keep it a secret, that’s not OK. Or if someone is doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable, that’s also not OK,” said Iowa CASA Communications Specialist Matty Smith.

“If you are in a circumstance like that, having a trusted adult that you can go to and talk about this with,” said Smith. “Talk to kids about who that trusted adult is. Is that you as a parent? Is that an uncle or aunt? Identifying who a safe person for them to go to and have that conversation with.”

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