Imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo in poor health

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The lawyer for an imprisoned evangelist convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex says his client was hospitalized for about two weeks but has since been released.

The Texarkana Gazette says

Tony Alamo’s waning health was mentioned Friday at a pretrial hearing in a civil lawsuit filed by former members of his controversial ministry.

The Associated Press writes that

The hearing was related to a civil lawsuit by six women who say Alamo took them as child “brides” and a seventh woman who says she was being groomed as his bride before she escaped his ministry in Fouke.

Tony Alamo is serving a 175-year sentence in federal prison for taking little girls as young as 9 across state lines to have sex with them.

Last September a federal magistrate upheld a $66 million judgment against Alamo for abuse suffered by two boys while they were being reared in his ministry.

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This post was last updated: Nov. 22, 2011