Last year the Voice did a big report on Tony Alamo and his bizarre Christian child-bride cult. New Yorkers of a certain vintage may recall being handed one of Alamo’s insane pamphlets in the subways, where his minions sometimes proselytized. We found Alamo and his Tony Alamo Christian Ministries running charity scams, but it was his polygamous attachment to pre-teens that interested many people — including law enforcement officers.
Some months after our story ran, the preacher’s Arkansas compound was raided and six minors found therein removed and placed in protective custody. Shortly thereafter Alamo was charged under the Mann Act. Today a jury in Texarkana found Alamo guilty on taking little girls across state lines for sex.
“I’m just another one of the prophets that went to jail for the Gospel,” Alamo told reporters afterwards. He could get up to 175 years in prison on the 10 counts.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 24, 2009