Indictment against evangelist Alamo unsealed

Associated Press/December 2, 2008

Texarkana, Arkansas - A judge in Arkansas has unsealed a federal indictment that includes eight new charges against evangelist Tony Alamo.

The 74-year-old Alamo, who remains jailed while awaiting trial, originally faced two charges that accused him of taking children across state lines for sex. The eight new counts are similar, but involve four new victims. The alleged victims, all girls, are unnamed but described as under the age of 18.

Alamo has pleaded not guilty to all 10 counts.

Arkansas child welfare officials have seized 26 children associated with the Alamo ministries since September, citing stories of alleged beatings and sexual abuse.

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