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Shreveport pastor sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for sex crimes

Andrea Lewis, 54 of Shreveport Andrea Lewis, 54 of Shreveport

A Shreveport pastor was sentenced Tuesday to 78 months in prison for taking minors across state lines and having sex with them.

Andrea Lewis, 54, was found guilty on three federal sex crimes counts in late May. Prosecutors said the pastor of Act on Faith Ministries had sexual contact with girls in his church choir during out-of-state trips.

He faced up to 10 years in prison, 5 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each federal count. The state also has a case pending against Lewis.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Lewis also to three years of supervised release. As part of the sentencing, Lewis must also register as a sex offender.

Some church members previously said they believed Lewis was innocent of the charges.

In March, a jury deliberated about 3 hours before returning the unanimous decision.

Prosecutors said witness testimony and exhibits admitted into evidence established that Lewis transported at least three minors to and from Texas to have sex with them between 1994 to 2000.

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