7/11/09 – AP: Alamo trial to hinge on witness testimony

July 11, 2009
Associated Press

Alamo trial to hinge on witness testimony

Tony Alamo heads to federal court Monday for the start of a trial on charges he took young girls across state lines for sex in violation of a nearly century-old morality law.

Alamo previously pleaded not guilty while at the same time saying the Bible described the age of consent as when young girls first reached puberty.

A guilty verdict on one charge from the 10-count indictment could place Alamo behind bars for the rest of his life. A federal judge sentenced him to six years in prison in 1994 for tax evasion, making him a candidate for harsher sentence.

Alamo faces charges that he violated the Mann Act, a federal law that bans carrying women or girls across state lines for “prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.”

In: 2009 - (Trial year)

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