7/25/09 – VIDEO and Court Issued Press Release of the Verdict

July 25, 2009

Alamo Verdict: Guilty on All 10 Counts


A jury in Texarkana has found evangelist Tony Alamo guilty on all 10 federal counts filed against him that involved taking young girls across state lines for sex.

The 74-year-old self-proclaimed minister now faces the rest of his life in prison.

The jury had been deliberating since 8:30 this morning after being unable to reach a verdict in eight-and-a-half hours of deliberations on Thursday. Their verdict came in shortly after 10 o’clock.

KARK 4 Reporter Pete Thompson reported on our 11 o’clock news that the verdict was something of a shock to people waiting in the courtroom.

He says some people gasped in reaction to the news, and that some of the victims in the case who were seated in the back of the courtroom began crying when the verdict was read.

Each count carries a 10 to 30 year jail term, which could add up to a 175-year sentence for Alamo.

Alamo will be sentenced within 6 to 8 weeks.

Federal Prosecutor Kyra Jenner said shortly after the hearing, “Based upon the unanimous verdict on all ten counts, we believe he will spend the rest of his natural life in prison.”

Defense attorney Don Ervin said, “I think the evidence is legally insufficient. I think that there were errors made in this case…. we will file soon on a motion for a new trial.”

Coming out of the courthouse, Alamo said, “I’m just another prophet going to jail.”

A croud of former followers gathered and yelled at Alamo, expressing their anger. “I was there 21 years,” said Claudia Kochisdringov, “and they were miserable years. I’m just so proud of those girls.”

Court issued press release on verdict:

Bernie Hoffman, a/k/a Tony Alamo, founder and leader of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, age 74, was convicted today by a jury in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Arkansas, of charges that he transported minor girls across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity that would be a violation of state law, in violation of Title 18 U.S. C. Section 2423.

The jury found Alamo guilty on all 10 counts of the federal indictment, announced Deborah Groom, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and Thomas J. Browne, Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The guilty verdict followed six days of testimony during which women testified Alamo had sexual relations with them while they were underage, and that they traveled across state lines with Alamo or at his request for the purpose of his having sexual relations with them. United States District Court Judge Harry F. Barnes presided over the trial.

Speaking of today’s conviction, Acting United States Attorney, Deborah Groom, stated: “The United States Attorney’s Office appreciates the jury’s attention to the evidence presented in this case. We also wish to commend and extend gratitude to the agents of the FBI and the Arkansas State Police, who partnered in the investigation, for the dedication they exhibited throughout the investigation and prosecution. It is important that victims of child exploitation have the forum and opportunity to come forward, so that justice may be served.”

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Browne of the Little Rock Office of the FBI added: “This investigation has focused on the victims of crime. The young women who have come forward have been incredibly courageous. This investigation also highlights excellent cooperation by the Arkansas State Police, United States Attorney’s Office, and the FBI.”

Colonel Winford Phillips, Director of the Arkansas State Police also added: “The outcome of this case should serve to send a chilling message to those who would prey upon the lives of young children. We’re prepared, no matter how long it takes, to investigate and track down suspected child predators. I commend our department’s special agents and those of the FBI who devoted untold hours to uphold a fundamental commitment that we have to protect the children of this state.”

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled by the court after a pre-sentence investigation is completed. Alamo can be sentenced to serve up to 30 years in prison on counts one, two, and ten of the Indictment. He faces up to 15 years on counts three, four, and six, and up to 10 years imprisonment on counts five, seven, eight, and nine. Fines up to $250,000 on each count may be ordered. Alamo will continue to be held without bond.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims of abuse. Click here for more information about Project Safe Childhood.

In: 2009 - (Trial year)

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  1. edmund amartey Says:

    The jury, the prosecution, the investigators and witnesses have done a great job in exposing the nefarious activities of Tony Alamo. It has been long overdue and now divine justice has been served. This is not a case of any government or Vatican “manipulated” trial, but the wages of Tony Alamo’s own nefarious activities. His own sins have found him out. God is not mocked, and whatever a man sows,that shall he also reap. Alamo was deluded into thinking his lawyers could save him, even bragging that he would take the stand. But God is holy, and those who commit wicked things “in the name of the Lord”, will never go unpunished. Alamo is simply a pervert, a pedophile, doing wicked things in the name of the Lord, and now the Lord has dealt with him and no one should weep for him, except his cohorts and bootlickers. After only five months at the compound, I realised Alamo was not who he claimed to be.

  2. edmund amartey Says:

    Alamo will rot in jail and roast in hell!!!!!!! And that is the wages of sin!!!!!!!

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