Shreveport Pastor Andrea Lewis Convicted of Sexual Contact With Minors
A week-long trial in Shreveport Federal Court has ended with the jury finding a Shreveport pastor guilty on three counts of transporting minors across state lines to have sex.
Jurors deliberated for about three hours before returning the guilty verdict against 54-year-old Andrea Lewis. He now faces up to 10 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine on each count. He will also be required to register as a convicted sex offender. He's set for sentencing June 20th.
Lewis was indicted by a Shreveport Federal Grand Jury last November after witness testimony and exhibits admitted into evidence established that he had transported at least three minors to and from Texas to have sex with them. Those events occurred between 1994 and 2000.
Federal prosecutors say Lewis formed, and actively recruited members for, a choir which was made up mostly of girls under the age of 18 in his congregation. They say he used his status as pastor and choir director to coerce these young female church members into having sex with him. They say he also threatened the girls not to tell anyone and used choir trips and other church-related travel to cover his sexual abuse.
The case was investigated by the Shreveport Police Department and the FBI.