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Child Molester and Evangelist Tony Alamo Sentenced to 175 years in Prison

Child rapist/ Preacher Tony Alamo and Wife

Child rapist/ Preacher Tony Alamo and Wife

The AP is reporting that convicted child rapist and Christian evangelist Tony Alamo has just been sentenced to 175 years in prison, for his crimes.The sentencing was held in a federal courthouse in Texarkana, Arkansas.

U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes sentenced the 75-year-old preacher to what amounts to life in prison, for sexually preying on the daughters of his followers. He would frequently transport underage girls across state lines to molest them, sometimes with the consent of their parents.

Alamo used his influence as both a father figure and a pastor to force himself upon impressionable girls who feared “the loss of their salvation.”, which is an old trick that has often been used by charismatic preachers to receive sexual favors from their followers.

Barnes leveled the maximum sentence against the 75-year-old, who preyed on followers’ young daughters and took child “brides” as young as age 8. A jury convicted Alamo in July on a 10-count indictment earlier this year.

Authorities arrested Alamo, 75, in September and raided his 15-acre compound near Texarkana, Arkansas. Alamo, whose real name is Bernie Hoffman, is founder and leader of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.

Alamo is a one-time clothing entrepreneur who had achieved financial and business success in that industry.

Alamo, who has made millions through his ministry, also must pay $250,000 in fines. He will return to court for a Jan. 13 hearing at which Barnes will determine if the five women who testified about their sexual abuse will be paid restitution. Federal prosecutors say an expert believes each one should get $2.7 million for the physical and mental abuse they endured.

Alamo, who had muttered and cursed through his two-week trial, stood silently during the sentencing, dressed in a yellow prison uniform and a blue windbreaker. Before Barnes’ ruling, Alamo told the judge: “I lean on the lord Jesus Christ.”

Defense lawyers said the government targeted Alamo because it disapproves of his apocalyptic brand of Christianity. Alamo never testified at trial, but spoke to Barnes twice during the hearing Friday. He first told the judge he thought his defense team provided him adequate legal help, though he wanted them to harshly cross-examine the women to show “that the people who were testifying against me were lying.”

As Alamo left the courthouse, he said he would leave to his church’s future in other hands.

“The Lord is in charge,” the preacher said.

Between Tony Alamo and Carrie Prejean, it has not been a good week for the false prophets of Christianity.

For more information on the life and times of Tony Alamo, click on the links below,but I would suggest you not join their church or donate any funds to them,because they are beyond questionable…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Alamo

http://www.alamoministries.com/

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