Preacher denies fostering marriages among young

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Self-styled evangelist Tony Alamo
(uh-LAH'-moh) says a government raid on his compound in Arkansas
won't turn up evidence of any sex crimes with juveniles.

Alamo is accused by former members of abusing children and
running an organization in which girls who just reached puberty can
marry. Federal and state agents who raided his complex and took six
girls into custody for questioning were seeking evidence that
juveniles were being sexually abused.

In an interview Monday, Alamo said that while he believes there's a mandate from the Bible for young girls to marry, he doesn't perform such marriages.

As for former followers making the allegations, he said, "I've kicked a lot of people out of the church and they'll say anything to get back at me."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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