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Shreveport pastor convicted of engaging in sexual conduct with minors

FROM STAFF REPORTS
SHREVEPORT -- A Shreveport pastor was convicted Friday of engaging in sexual conduct with minors.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, 54-year-old Andrea Lewis was found guilty on three counts of transporting minors across state lines to have sex. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote presided over the trial. Lewis was indicted in November.
Finley said Lewis transported at least three minors to and from Texas to have sex with them. The events happened from 1994 to 2000.
According to federal officials, Lewis is a Shreveport pastor who formed and actively recruited members of a choir, which  consisted of girls mostly under the age of 18 in his congregation.
"He used his status as pastor and choir director to coerce young female church members to have sex with him. He threatened the girls not to tell anyone, and used choir trips and other church related travel to cover up sexual abuse," Finley said in the release.
Lewis faces up to 10 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for each count of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Sentencing will be in June.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : ShreveportTexas
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