Three convicted House of Prayer members remain fugitives

AP, June 16, 2003
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Police said they are still pursuing the leader House of Prayer church, who was convicted on child cruelty charges and has evaded arrest for three months since missing a probation hearing.

The Rev. Arthur Allen, 71, and two followers, 46-year-old David Duncan and 42-year-old Sharon Duncan, have eluded police since March, when they skipped a hearing to determine whether they had violated their probation by not attending parental counseling courses.

Reverend Allen, turn yourself in, said Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett on Thursday. We will eventually capture you. You cant hide forever.

Allen has been spotted in the Atlanta area, and hes believed to be somewhere in Georgia, Barrett said.

The three, along with two other defendants, were found guilty in October of brutally whipping two boys, then 7 and 10, at the northwest Atlanta church in February 2001.

Members of the House of Prayer may be helping Allen hide, Barrett said.

Defense attorney Manny Arora said he hadnt heard from Allen or the Duncans since before they fled.

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