LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Child welfare officials have seized six
children in Indiana associated with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.
Including the Indiana operation, Arkansas child welfare officials have now seized 32 children associated with the ministries over allegations of beatings and sexual abuse.
Alamo remains held without bond in Arizona, charged with violating the Mann Act. The federal law bans transporting women or girls across state lines for immoral purposes.
Also on Wednesday, California child welfare officials went to the ministry's compound in Santa Clarita but found no children there.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, describes Alamo's multi-state ministry as a cult that rails against
homosexuals, Roman Catholics and the government.
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