July 07, 2005

Six suspects expected to make pleas in sex cult case

The Advocate

2theadvocate.com Staff

From a report by News 2's Claire Hatty
Six of the nine suspects in an alleged Ponchatoula sex ring are expected to make their pleas to a state judge in court on Thursday.

Two weeks ago seven of the suspects were indicted on aggravated rape charges after accusations of sexually abusing children under the age of 13. The six scheduled to appear on Thursday are Patricia Pierson, Robin Lamonica, Austin Trey Bernard III, Paul Fontenot, Allen Pierson and former sheriff's deputy Christopher Labat.

On Wednesday Louis Lamonica was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to six counts of aggravated rape.

During bond hearings last week a Tangipahoa Parish detective testified that during a span of two years some victims were raped two or three times a week. Investigators believed some of the rapes happened at the Hosanna church building in Ponchatoula.

Posted by kshaw at July 7, 2005 02:03 PM