SHREVEPORT (KTAL) -- 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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