2nd parent jailed in Tony Alamo ministries case

Associated Press/January 15, 2009

Texarkana - An Arkansas judge has jailed a second member of evangelist Tony Alamo's ministry for refusing to say where her three daughters are.

Circuit Judge Joe Griffin in Texarkana says he had no other choice Thursday but to find the mother in contempt of court. A man in a separate case was jailed for the same reason earlier this week.

Griffin is presiding over a hearing to determine the fate of 23 children taken into protective custody amid allegations of physical and sexual abuse by leaders of Alamo's ministry. The state is searching for dozens of other children.

The 74-year-old Alamo faces trial on federal charges of transporting females across state lines for sex. He denies the allegations but says his religion allows marrying girls when they reach puberty.

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