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story.lead_photo.caption Evangelist Tony Alamo, center is led from the federal courthouse in downtown Texarkana on Tuesday, July 14, following opening statements in his trial.

— The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by evangelist Tony Alamo of his conviction on charges of taking young girls across state lines for sex.

Alamo was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 175 years in prison for taking five young girls he had married across state lines for sex.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his appeal earlier this year and defense attorney John Wesley Hall appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court.

The high court’s website says the appeal was denied Monday.

Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney Connor Eldridge told the Texarkana Gazette that his office is working to collect the $500,000 in restitution Alamo was ordered to pay to each of the five victims and the $250,000 fine Alamo was ordered to pay the government.

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