Andrea Lewis (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A Shreveport pastor has been arrested, accused of molesting several teenage girls.
The Shreveport Police Department is charging Andrea Lewis with three counts of molestation of a juvenile. Lewis is pastor of Act on Faith Ministries, a nondenominational church located in the 2100 block of Hollywood Avenue.
Nearly two decades after the onset of a relationship, a Shreveport woman has come forward to police about a sexual relationship she had with her pastor, while she was only 13-years-old. In a tearful interview with KSLA News 12, a woman who claims Lewis took advantage of her recounts how the inappropriate relationship started and why she decided to come forward years later.
"I was deceived, you know. He used God and he used music, and those were the two most important things in my life at the time," said the alleged victim.
At the age of 13 the unnamed victim said she had high hopes of one day singing professionally and when one of the men she trusted the most, her pastor, promised her that dream she said it was easy to fall in love. The victim says she and Lewis were a couple even though she was only 13-years-old and he was nearly 40.
"It kinda crossed my mind that I would get in trouble if they found out, and that he would get in trouble if they found out, but he told me it was alright as long as I didn't tell anybody," said the alleged victim.
The woman KSLA News 12 spoke with said when Lewis first made an advance and kissed her, she found it awkward, and decided to speak with Lewis only over the phone. She said that arrangement did not last long. "And then when we met up again that when we actually had sex."
The alleged victim says she continued in that relationship until she was 24-years-old but she claims, in that time, it was not all fun and romance. She says it ended after she realized what she probably always knew in the back of her mind. The woman says she felt that she was not the only young girl the pastor may have been abusing.
Lewis is currently behind bars at the Caddo Correctional Center on $300,000 bond.
Detectives are still investigating this case and they urge any other potential victims of Lewis to come forward.