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Civil trial against Alamo delayed

by The Associated Press | October 4, 2010 at 10:41 a.m. | Updated October 4, 2010 at 12:12 p.m.
FILE — Tony Alamo answers questions from reporters Friday, November 13, 2009 outside the federal courthouse in Texarkana after he was sentenced to the maximum of 175 years for transporting girls across state lines for sex.

A federal magistrate judge has delayed the civil trial against evangelist Tony Alamo in a lawsuit over alleged abuse at his ministries.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant indefinitely delayed Alamo’s trial last week. It was set to begin Oct. 25. Bryant granted the delay at the request of Alamo’s lawyers and the lawyers for plaintiffs Spencer Ondrisek and Seth Calagna.

The two have already won a $3 million judgment against John Kolbek. Kolbek was accused of being Alamo’s “enforcer” and disciplinarian at Alamo’s religious compound in Fouke. Kolbek never appeared in court and remains a fugitive.

Alamo is serving a 175-year prison sentence after being convicted of five counts of transporting young girl across state lines for sex. He is appealing that conviction.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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