Alamo Lawyer Asks for More Time Before Trial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawyer for jailed evangelist Tony Alamo has asked a federal judge in Arkansas to delay the preacher's trial on charges he took underage girls across state lines for sex.

Alamo remains jailed without bond and has pleaded not guilty. Arkansas officials raided his ministry in September and seized 36
children over allegations of sexual and physical abuse.

Meanwhile, Alamo's ministry claims the FBI has been pressuring
uncooperative church members into seeking treatment for "cult

A message on the ministry's Web site claims Alamo's followers have been pressed to seek "cult deprogramming so that they will then say what the FBI wants them to say."

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