Statements Delivered against Pastor

By Debra Lemoine
The Advocate
August 22, 2008

AMITE — Louis D. Lamonica confessed to raping his two young sons because he was manipulated by a self-proclaimed prophet who had visions of Lamonica's sins and insisted he admit them to be cleansed by God, defense counsel Michael Thiel said in opening statements this morning.

Assistant District Attorney Don Wall, however, told the jury in his opening statements that Lamonica is a pedophile who began having sex with his sons starting when they were 5 years old. Lamonica not only confessed these crimes to law enforcement personnel but also wrote about them "to a nauseating extent," Wall told the jury.

Lamonica, 48, of Hammond is being tried in the 21st Judicial District Court in Amite on four counts of aggravated rape of his two sons. He is the second of seven members of the now-defunct Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula indicted in 2005 on charges of sexually abusing children to be tried.

Attorneys spent two hours giving opening statements to the jury Friday. The state called only one witness before state District Judge Zoey Waguespack ended the court session at 2 p.m.

The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Monday and is expected to last most of next week.


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