8 new charges filed against Alamo

Associated Press/November 25, 2008

Little Rock - An attorney for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo says his client faces eight new charges in a sealed federal indictment.

Alamo remains in federal custody, accused of taking a minor girl across state lines for sex. Defense attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. tells The Associated Press that the indictment lists charges similar to the ones Alamo already faces.

Alamo pleaded not guilty to the new charges in a motion filed Tuesday.

Hall says it's "the same kind of stuff, just more of it." Hall declined to offer specifics on the charges, saying he had filed paperwork to waive Alamo's right to an initial hearing on the new charges.

Typically, sealed indictments are made public after an initial hearing. A detention hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 10 in Texarkana.

Debbie Groom, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of Arkansas, declined to comment Tuesday morning on the indictment.

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