PORTLAND -- A former Portland youth league basketball coach will spend more than five years in prison for holding a teenage boy against his will and whipping him with a belt.
Leslie Lewis, 54, pleaded guilty to criminal mistreatment and coercion. He was then sentenced to 64 months in prison.
His case dates back to September of last year when witnesses heard a boy screaming for help in a Northwest Portland building and led police to Lewis' apartment at 610 NW Davis Street.
Police knocked on the door of the unit and Lewis opened it, revealing a boy inside who was trembling and nearly naked, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Lewis, 54, was arrested and detectives from the county child abuse team took over the investigation. The 13-year-old child was safely taken from the apartment. He did not suffer serious injuries.
The boy told investigators that Lewis whipped him with a belt and photographed him naked. He said he tried to escape, but Lewis put him in a headlock.
Lewis coached a team in Portland Park Recreation's Saturday Youth Basketball League. He called his team Above the Rim and had been involved in the program since 2005, according to parks officials.