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Church wants leniency in sentencing for pastor convicted of federal sex crimes

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An ad taken out by Act on Faith Ministries in Wednesday's edition of The Shreveport Times asks the community and others for support of their pastor, "who was convicted of a crime of which we believe he is innocent." An ad taken out by Act on Faith Ministries in Wednesday's edition of The Shreveport Times asks the community and others for support of their pastor, "who was convicted of a crime of which we believe he is innocent."
Andrea Lewis, 54 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Andrea Lewis, 54 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Lewis is the pastor of Act on Faith Ministries. Lewis is the pastor of Act on Faith Ministries.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Supporters of a Shreveport pastor convicted on federal sex crimes charges involving young girls have organized a campaign asking for leniency when it comes to his sentencing.

In February, a A Caddo Parish jury returned guilty verdicts against 54-year-old Andrea Lewis on all 3 counts of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Lewis is the pastor of Act on Faith Ministries. He was accused of having sexual contact with girls in his church choir during trips out of state. The state also has a case pending against Lewis.

For his conviction on the federal charges, he faces up to 10 years in prison, 5 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each count.

An ad appeared in The Shreveport Times on Wednesday asking "all those whose lives were positively influenced by his leadership, who participated or were members of the Supreme Voices of Faith, Bright Star Male Chorus, Cedar Grove Community Choir, New Hope for Kids Foundation, Save the Youth Community Choir, local churches, musicians and choir members he worked with to join us by signing a petition asking for leniency on his sentencing."

The ad, paid for by Act on Faith Ministries, asks the community and others for support of their pastor, "who was convicted of a crime of which we believe he is innocent."

Sentencing is set for June 20.

Coming up on KSLA News 12 at 6, KSLA News 12's Emily Black speaks to a minister of the church behind the ad, who responds to the suggestion that Lewis has too powerful a grip on the congregation, and explains why they believe he is innocent and deserves a second chance.'

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