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Federal magistrate orders local pastor to be held without bond

A Shreveport pastor was in federal court today for a detention hearing, after being arrested Thursday on charges of sexual molestation of juveniles
A Shreveport pastor was in federal court today for a detention hearing, after  being arrested Thursday on charges of sexual molestation of juveniles 

U.S. Magistrate Mark Hornsby this afternoon refused to set bond for the  Rev. Andrea Lewis, pastor of Act of Faith Church Ministries, who was arrested by  agents with the FBI's Crimes Against Children Task Force early Thursday  morning.

Lewis was arrested on three counts of transporting a female  under 18 from Shreveport to Texas with intent of sexual activity. Each count  involves a different juvenile female, and each count contains specific dates in  which the alleged behavior occurred.

In his ruling, Hornsby said  he found it "extremely clear" that Lewis is a child predator with multiple  victims and "a danger to the community, a danger to minors."

On Friday,  Lewis pleaded not guilty to the charges, and today was set for his  detention hearing.

Defense attorney, Ransdell Keene, said today he  plans to appeal Hornsby's decision. In addition, Keene said the federal  indictment against his client is illegal due to dual prosecution stipulations in  federal law.   
 
Lewis, who is facing state felony juvenile  molestation charges, was out on bond after being  arrested  by 
Shreveport police August 13, 2012 on three counts of molestation  of a juvenile. He was released two days later after posting a $100,000 property  bond.

On August 23, Lewis was arrested again on two additional juvenile  molestation charges. In September, bond set at $50,000 per charge.Lewis is on  the February 3, 2014 docket in Caddo District Court for a pre-trial hearing on  the five juvenile molestation charges.



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