An indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses evangelist Tony Alamo of eight more counts of transporting underage girls across state lines for sexual purposes over the past 14 years, including at least one violation that occurred while Alamo was completing a prison sentence at a halfway house in Texarkana.
The original indictment against the 74-year-old leader of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, a multistate ministry with headquarters in southwest Arkansas, accused him of transporting a girl across state lines in 2004 and 2005. The new charges, contained in a superseding indictment handed up by a grand jury Nov. 19, add eight counts involving four more girls from 1994 through 2005.
A court clerk entered a note in the court record last week disclosing that the new indictment had been handed up, but it remained under seal until Tuesday, when U. S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant entered an order accepting Alamo’s plea of innocent to the charges. Alamo entered the plea through his attorney, John Wesley Hall Jr. of Little Rock, in a court filing last week.
On Tuesday, Hall said the charges are “more of the same stuff, and we’ll defend it the same way.” “It’s all just the same kind of stuff put out by the anti-Alamo groups,” Hall said.
RECENT POSTS ON The God Blog
Praying the depression away
And for your summer reading list ...
Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death for Christianity escaping to U.S.
“No, no, no. Prophet Jonah is gone. God, these scoundrels”
UCLA Hillel, a student government candidate and outside money
Miami Beach eruv attracts unwanted attention
The God Blog ARCHIVES
More legal trouble for Tony Alamo
December 3, 2008 | 3:59 pm
PUT YOUR AD HERE
Trending Blog Posts
Comfort? After Murder and Terror, How?SHARES
50 LA Rabbis Call to Congress: “A Responsibility to do Better”SHARES
Positive Impressions from the TourSHARES
Many Israeli Experts Believe the Iran Deal is a Supportable Deal Despite its FlawsSHARES
Veteran Israeli Commentator Takes on Bibi, Adelson and Israel’s Political and Media EstablishmentSHARES