Authorities in the small, rural Louisiana town of Ponchatoula were shocked when a local pastor walked into their office in mid-May and allegedly confessed to having sex with children, cats and dogs at his Hosanna Church. Louis Lamonica allegedly implicated eight other members of his flock, including a deputy sheriff, in “cult-like” rituals involving the rape of as many as 24 young victims, from infants to teens, between 1999 and 2003. But lawyers for the nine codefendants, ages 24 to 55, say that, not only are their clients innocent but they are the victims of a brainwashing scheme. “There is
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It has been suggested that the fictional TV series True Detective was inspired by the Hosanna Church child abuse case documented in this collection of news articles.
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
AMITE – Former Pastor Louis David Lamonica of Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he, along with other members of his church, raped three children under the age of 12. Lamonica is the only one of the nine people arrested in connection with an alleged child-sex ring linked to the Ponchatoula church who appeared in 21st Judicial Court Wednesday. Lamonica was present for a preliminary hearing and was arraigned while in court. Prosecutor Don Wall told state District Judge Beth Wolfe during Wednesday’s proceedings that he is not seeking the death penalty for Lamonica. Prosecutors
Cult sex inquiry focuses on 3 children AMITE — Three children are the victims at the center of a child-sex ring operating out of a Ponchatoula church for five years, a sheriff’s detective testified in court Wednesday. What is missing from the court case as it stands are the allegations of occult activity as the motive for the sexual abuse of children and animals, he said. No physical evidence of the occult, such as pentagrams drawn on the floor and spell books were ever found, Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s Detective Mike DePhillips told the court. “You heard today that they couldn’t
AMITE — A Tangipahoa Parish grand jury Thursday indicted on various counts of aggravated rape seven of the nine people implicated in a devil-worshiping cult accused of sexually abusing children and animals in a Ponchatoula church. Following the reading of the indictments, 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said all the victims of the sexual abuse discussed during Friday’s grand jury session were under the age of 12 but he said he has not decided if the state will seek the death penalty. Anyone convicted of the aggravated rape of someone under the age of 12 in Louisiana can receive
AMITE — The 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office still plans to call a grand jury on June 24 to seek indictments of the nine members of a Ponchatoula church allegedly involved in a child-sex ring, prosecutor Don Wall said Thursday. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case involving nine people who allegedly had sex with children as part of occult rituals out of Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, Laura Covington, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said. There is no set deadline for investigators to turn over the case file to the District Attorney’s Office, she said. Nonetheless, Wall said he
Some say that child sexual abuse was related to devil worship PONCHATOULA, La. – From his tire store next door, Donald Moore got an up-close look at the strange changes that went on at the once-bustling Hosanna Church. The congregation had dwindled to a handful of reclusive members who chased away visitors, the windows were painted white so no one could see in, and just before it closed its doors for good a couple of years ago, eight dump trucks spread dirt over the church’s back lot. Last month, the suspicions played out in a way that almost no one
In the cypress flats of Tangipahoa, a fervently religious area in the swamps north of New Orleans, local people still remember proudly how the Rev Louis Lamonica vowed to “take Tangipahoa parish for Jesus”. Thirty years later, the charismatic preacher’s son and successor has certainly taken the parish by storm – but not exactly for Jesus. In a case that has horrified Americans way beyond the Bible Belt, Louis Lamonica Jnr and eight members the Hosanna Church are accused of being members of a Satanic paedophile ring who ritually raped up to 25 children, as well as performing animal sacrifices.
New counts increase DA’s options for prosecuting pastor, wife AMITE — State judges signed new arrest warrants Thursday for seven of the nine alleged members of the Ponchatoula child-sex ring, adding a total of 19 felony counts to the list of crimes for which they face prosecution. Three weeks ago, deputies began arresting people in connection with an alleged cult operating out of the Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula. Investigators accused members of raping children as part of occult rituals. The new warrants increase the number of crimes the defendants are accused of committing and also add counts by the Tangipahoa
AMITE, La. (AP) — Seven of the suspects arrested in connection with an alleged church cult accused of performing sexual acts involving children and animals were booked on new charges Thursday afternoon. The additional counts came a day after an attorney for the pastor accused of participating in the child sex ring contended that information released about his client would not hold up in court. Louis Lamonica, who was pastor of the Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, is one of the nine charged in connection with allegations of occult-type rituals at the church from 1999 to 2003. Defense attorney Michael Thiel