Musician goes to prison

Founder of Chico School of Rock gets two-year sentence for child molestation

Longtime local musician Breazid “Sid” Lewis, who founded Chico School of Rock, received a two-year prison sentence in Butte County Superior Court on June 24 for felony child molestation.

Lewis was arrested on Feb. 18, 2014, based on accusations of masturbating in front of a 17-year-old girl, a former student at Lewis’ School of Rock who was getting paid to do housework for him. A press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said the girl was doing housework when she looked up and saw “Lewis masturbating and staring at her. The victim looked away and when she looked back, he was still masturbating, clearly visible.”

According to court records, Lewis initially pleaded not guilty, but late last year changed his plea to no contest. He now must register as a sex offender.