July 07, 2005

Ex-pastor pleads innocent to rape in child-sex case

The Advocate

Florida parishes bureau

AMITE -- Former Pastor Louis David Lamonica of Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges he joined other members of his church in repeatedly raping three children under 12 years of age.

Lamonica, 45, of Tickfaw was the only one of the nine defendants arrested in connection with a child-sex ring operating out of Hosanna Church who appeared Wednesday in 21st Judicial Court in Amite.

Lamonica, in court for a preliminary hearing, also underwent arraignment after his attorney said he could not be in court today when Lamonica's arraignment originally was scheduled.

Posted by kshaw at July 7, 2005 07:32 AM