Tony Alamo Christian Ministries: Inspection of mattresses allowed in suit

A judge has granted mattress factory Tempur-Pedic International Inc. permission to inspect 3,500 mattresses at a warehouse owned by members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries — a cult of Christianity whose leader was recently sentenced to 175 in prison. The company said in a federal lawsuit that the mattresses were meant for needy people, […]

Appeals court upholds removal of children from cult leader’s compound

Tony Alamo Among other things, the rulings said the children faced danger of beatings and forced fasts ordered by 75-year-old evangelist Tony Alamo convicted earlier this year of transporting underage girls across state lines for sex and sentenced this month to 175 years in prison.

In one of the appeals court rulings today, Judge Robert J. Gladwin wrote that the evidence “presented a clear picture of the danger to children in the ministry compound at Fouke.”

Evangelist Tony Alamo Sentenced to 175 Years for Taking Girls Across State Lines for Sex

Tony Alamo Evangelist Tony Alamo was sentenced Friday to 175 years in prison for taking little girls as young as 9 across state lines to have sex with them.

The decision punishes him for the rest of his life for molesting children he took as “brides” in his ministry.

Alamo, 75, had denied the charges, claiming they came from a Vatican-led conspiracy against the church he led, called the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.

$3M awarded in suit against alleged Tony Alamo enforcer John Kolbeck

John Erwin Kolbeck The alleged enforcer of evangelist Tony Alamo must pay $3 million in restitution to two boys he’s believed to have beaten bloody on the preacher’s behalf and left haunted for life, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The teens have also sued Alamo.

Sentencing for evangelist Tony Alamo reset

Tony Alamo TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) – A federal judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for evangelist Tony Alamo, who was convicted on charges of taking young girls across state lines for sex, AP reports.

U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes changed the date Tuesday from Oct. 26 to Nov. 13.

According to the Texarkana Gazette, if sentenced to the maximum on each count and if ordered to serve the terms consecutively, Alamo could receive 175 years in a federal prison.

Tony Alamo’s enforcer to be featured on America’s Most Wanted

John Erwin Kolbeck When Tony Alamo was arrested last year, his enforcer — John Erwin Kolbeck — fled and hasn’t been seen since.

The television show America’s Most Wanted is in Fort Smith, Arkansas to take the story to a national level in hopes of finding him. [video]

Judge: Civil suit against Tony Alamo over beatings can continue

Tony Alamo The constitutionally guaranteed right to religious freedom didn’t give Tony Alamo the right to order beatings, force fasts and falsely imprison, according to a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two men who claim to have been beaten as children at Alamo’s bidding.

“The principle of religious liberty does not give one the liberty to physically attack others; when a threat to society’s or another individual’s safety appears, the power of the state to prevent or punish is obvious,” said a decision from U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes.

Arkansas battles over 3-year-old child’s safety in Tony Alamo’s ministry

Tony Alamo State child-welfare officials say a baby born to followers of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo is at substantial risk of injury.

An affidavit filed last week in Miller County Circuit Court by a caseworker with the state Department of Human Services said the 3-month-old boy is in danger of abuse.

The affidavit also says a judge in January ruled that the Alamo ministry was an unfit environment for the boy’s four siblings.

2 followers of Tony Alamo released from jail

Tony Alamo Christian Ministries Two members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries were released from jail Monday after spending more than seven months behind bars for refusing to reveal the whereabouts of their children.

Many children of Alamo followers have been taking into protective custody.

Jurors convict evangelist Tony Alamo on all 10 sex counts

Tony Alamo Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher who became an outfitter of the stars and fought the federal government over claims he underpaid followers for church work, was convicted Friday of taking five girls across state lines for sex.

Alamo has blamed the Vatican for his legal troubles, which include a four-year prison term for tax evasion in the 1990s.

Jurors weigh sex-crimes charges against Tony Alamo

Tony Alamo Cult leader Tony Alamo is accused of taking five young girls across state lines for sex between 1994 and 1995 after “marrying” them.

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.

Prosecution rests at Tony Alamo trial

Tony Alamo Prosecutors wrapped up their case Tuesday after playing recordings of phone conversations Alamo had from jail.

In one, Alamo tells a girl she has to clean up a mess she made or leave his compound. In another, women and girls giggle as he discusses how the charges against him might differ had his alleged crimes occurred in Texas or Arkansas.

Woman ‘married’ to evangelist Tony Alamo at age 8 to retake stand

Tony Alamo A woman who said evangelist Tony Alamo “married” her at age 8 told federal jurors Thursday that he sexually assaulted her repeatedly until she escaped his compound in late 2006.

Another woman who noted in her Bible the first time she had sex with evangelist Tony Alamo — at age 14 — told jurors in his sex-crimes trial Thursday that she was married to the flamboyant pastor that year in a prison visiting room

Two Tony Alamo beliefs, some terminology off limits, judge says

Tony Alamo Prosecutors at evangelist Tony Alamo‘s trial will not be able to elicit testimony about Alamo’s beliefs that the Bible does not prohibit polygamy and that girls are ready to be married when they begin menstruating, a judge said Monday.

The word ‘cult’ may also not be used in relation to the preacher’s cult…

Child Abuse trial of evangelist Tony Alamo starts

Tony Alamo A jury of 9 men and 3 women will decide the fate of jailed minister Tony Alamo.

Evangelist Tony Alamo preyed on his loyal followers’ young daughters, once taking a girl as young as 8 as his bride and repeatedly sexually assaulting her, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

Tony Alamo’s ‘enforcer’ still missing; lawyer seeks ruling

John Erwin Kolbeck An attorney said Wednesday that he plans to publish a notice in a newspaper as early as next week giving the man accused of being Tony Alamo‘s “enforcer” 30 days to respond to a lawsuit or risk having a judgment entered against him.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes gave Carter permission to notify Kolbeck of the lawsuit by publishing a notice [in] the Texarkana Gazette.

Trial date for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo moved to July

Tony Alamo A federal judge has delayed the trial for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo until July.

This marks the third time the trial date has been moved.

The controversial preacher was arrested in September 2008 on charges that he transported minors across state lines for sex. Considered a flight risk, Alamo has been denied bail.

Some records in Tony Alamo case sealed

Tony Alamo Identities of children seized from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and details of closed-door custody hearings will be sealed from public view in a federal lawsuit brought by the jailed evangelist’s church, a judge has ruled.

Also, federal prosecutors intend to use evidence gathered during the investigation of other crimes allegedly committed by jailed evangelist Tony Alamo at his upcoming trial.

Evangelist Tony Alamo to remain in jail until trial

Tony Alamo Evangelist Tony Alamo will remain jailed until his May trial on charges he took young girls across state lines for sex, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Last October another judge also denied bail in order to “assure the safety of the community” and to make sure Alamo does not flee.
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