6 ex-members of convicted preacher Tony Alamo's church sue other members, church businesses

Associated Press/August 31, 2010

Texarkana, Arkansas - Six former members of convicted preacher Tony Alamo's church are now suing other church members and church-controlled businesses.

The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Texarkana claims the members knew or should have known Alamo was sexually abusing children and did nothing to stop it. It asks for at least $150,000 per plaintiff, compensation for past physical pain and suffering, past and future mental anguish and past and future medical expenses.

Alamo was convicted last year of taking underage girls across state lines for sex and sentenced to 175 years in prison. He is asking for a new trial.

Five of the six who filed the lawsuit say Alamo took them as wives and had sex with them when they were underage. The sixth says she was being groomed to be a child bride but escaped.

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