Hidden cameras found in principal drug case

Courtesy PhotoLewis did not have drugs on him at the time of his arrest

Courtesy PhotoLewis did not have drugs on him at the time of his arrest

A Santa Clara elementary school principal arrested on drug charges last week had 10 hidden cameras in his apartment, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Eric Dean Lewis, 42, a San Francisco resident and principal of Montague Elementary School, was arrested about 4 p.m. Thursday at the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets in The City. He allegedly offered to provide drugs to an undercover officer who had contacted him through an online dating site, Deputy District Attorney Daniel Rothbach said in court Monday.

Later that night, members of the Santa Clara County drug task force who arrested Lewis searched his home and found surveillance cameras hidden in items such as the nose of a teddy bear, a lighter and a coat hanger, Rothbach said.

Lewis has been charged with five felonies for drug sales and possession, plus a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave from his job.

Lewis did not have drugs on him at the time of his arrest, but a search of his San Francisco home uncovered around a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine, seven Ecstasy pills, several vials of GHB and scales, authorities said. Investigators believe he was both using and dealing drugs.

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