Former Pastor to Stand Trial in Child Sex Case
Louis Lamonica Accused of Sex Acts with Children in Congregation

August 18, 2008

NEW ORLEANS — The former pastor of a Ponchatoula church is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Amite, accused in a 2005 child sexual abuse case.

Louis Lamonica

Pretrial proceedings took place Monday for Louis Lamonica, the former spiritual leader of the now-defunct Hosanna Church.

Prosecutors said Lamonica had sexual relations with children in his congregation over a period of several years.

A second man, Trey Bernard III, was convicted in December and is serving three life sentences in connection with the case. Several other church members, including Lamonica's wife, may also stand trial.

Bernard testified in his own defense and told jurors he felt forced to write down details of child abuse that weren't actually true.

The investigation was triggered when a concerned parent left the church, then called authorities. Tangipahoa deputies suspected other parents may have been aware that children were being abused, but kept quiet.


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