Jurors weigh sex-crimes charges against Tony Alamo

Jurors weigh sex-crimes charges against Alamo

TEXARKANA, Ark. – Jurors began deliberating Thursday in the federal sex-crimes case against an evangelist accused of taking underage girls across state lines for sex.

The charges against 74-year-old Tony Alamo could land him in jail for the rest of his life if he’s convicted.

The jury began deliberating early Thursday at Texarkana federal courthouse, a day after listening to prosecutors and defense attorneys offer their final portrayals of Alamo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner described Alamo as a manipulator who dictated everything from what his followers believed to what they could eat.
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Defense lawyer Phillip Kuhn told jurors not to be swayed by testimony unrelated to the indictment — that Alamo may have had multiple wives, or that he may have set up businesses to evade taxes. He said prosecutors deliberately strayed from the specific charges against Alamo.
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Alamo is accused of taking five young girls across state lines for sex between 1994 and 1995 after “marrying” them. Defense lawyers say prosecutors targeted him because the government is anti-Christian. Alamo has also said the Vatican is behind his troubles.
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- Source / Full Story: Jurors weigh sex-crimes charges against Alamo, AP via MSNBC, July 23, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

A Look at Each Charge Against Alamo

The following is a count-by-count breakdown of the charges pending against Tony Alamo. Penalty ranges were acquired from Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Plumlee.

Count 1

Prosecutors allege that Alamo had sex with Jane Doe No. 1, now 17, while they traveled on his private bus to California in September 2004, when she was 13. She said Alamo “married” her at age 11. She currently lives in Colorado.

Later she was allegedly brought back to Arkansas and continued a sexual relationship with Alamo in his Fouke, Ark., residence.

Under Arkansas law the alleged conduct constitutes rape.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 30 years.

Count 2

The indictment accuses Alamo of having sex with Jane Doe No. 1 after she traveled from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Saugus, Calif. to Fouke, Ark. between August and October 2005 on the minister’s orders. Prosecutors say she was 14 at the time.

Under Arkansas law the alleged conduct constitutes fourth degree sexual assault.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 30 years.

Count 3

Jane Doe No. 2, allegedly married to Alamo at 8, was sent by Alamo, to Moffett, Okla., to visit her family in 2000. Alamo also allegedly dictated when and how she returned to his Fouke, Ark., residence to continue a sexual relationship.

Under Arkansas law, the alleged conduct constitutes rape.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 15 years.

Count 4

Jane Doe No. 2 allegedly was sent again by Alamo to Moffett, Okla., to visit her family in 2001. Alamo also allegedly summoned her again to his Fouke residence and continues her sexual relationship with him. She is now 18 and told jurors that child-welfare officials helped her find a job in Arkansas.

Under Arkansas law the alleged conduct constitutes rape.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 15 years.

Count 5

Authorities say Alamo “married” Jane Doe No. 3 while he was in prison in 1998, when she was 14. They say she was sent to Oklahoma by him to allay her father’s fears that she was living with the evangelist. Her father was no longer a church member. Prosecutors say she later returned to Arkansas, where Alamo had sex with her. She is now 25.

Under Arkansas law the alleged conduct constitutes carnal abuse.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 10 years.

Count 6

Jane Doe No. 3 allegedly traveled with Alamo to Tennessee in 1999 and back to Arkansas, where their sexual relationship allegedly continued.

Under Arkansas law the alleged conduct constitutes carnal abuse.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 15 years.

Count 7

Prosecutors say Jane Doe No. 4, allegedly married to Alamo at 15, traveled on a motor home to New Mexico with Alamo in 1994. The trip was supposed to end in California but ended early because a court date Alamo had regarding an ex-wife and children is postponed.

She is now 33 and lives in Florida.

Under Arkansas law, the alleged conduct constitutes carnal abuse.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 10 years.

Count 8

Jane Doe No. 4 allegedly traveled to West Virginia from Fort Smith, Ark., and back with Alamo in 1994 for a court date. Alamo had traveled there on a custody matter involving an ex-wife.

Under Arkansas law, the alleged conduct constitutes carnal abuse.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 10 years.

Count 9

Jane Doe No. 4 allegedly traveled to Tennessee from Fort Smith at Alamo’s bidding in 1994, while he was on trial for tax evasion in federal court.

Under Arkansas law, the alleged conduct constitutes carnal abuse.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 10 years.

Count 10

Prosecutors say Jane Doe No. 5 and Jane Doe No. 4 flew from Arkansas to California, where Jane Doe No. 5 was sexually assaulted by Alamo. She was 16 then and is 20 now.

Under Arkansas law the alleged conduct constitutes first degree sexual assault.

If convicted, Alamo could receive up to 30 years.

The girls were all underage when the alleged crimes occurred though some were older when they traveled than when they married.

Each of the 10 counts is punishable as well by a fine of up to $250,000.

- Source / Full Story: A Look at Each Charge Against Alamo, Staff Reports and AP, July 23, 2009

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