House of Prayer pastor arrested after five months as fugitive

The leader of the House of Prayer church, who was convicted on child cruelty charges and evaded arrest for five months after missing a probation hearing, was taken into custody Monday night.

The Rev. Arthur Allen, 71, was arrested by National Park Service rangers who found him in a parked car and turned him over to the Fulton County Sheriffs Office, authorities said.

Allen had eluded police since March, when he skipped a hearing to determine whether he had violated probation by not attending parental counseling courses.

Allen and five others were found guilty in October of brutally whipping two boys, then 7 and 10, at the northwest Atlanta church in February 2001.

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