Disgraced US preacher, child sex abuser Tony Alamo dies

Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher whose apocalyptic ministry grew into a multimillion-dollar network of businesses and property before he was convicted in Arkansas of sexually abusing young girls he considered his wives, has died in prison. He was 82.

Once known for designing elaborately decorated jackets for celebrities including Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, Alamo died on Tuesday at a federal prison hospital in Butner, North Carolina, according to the US Bureau of Prisons.

Tony Alamo (L) is escorted to a waiting police car outside the federal courthouse in Texarkana, Arkansas, July 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
Tony Alamo (L) is escorted to a waiting police car outside the federal courthouse in Texarkana, Arkansas, July 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

The disgraced preacher was convicted in 2009 on charges that he took underage girls across state lines for sex, including a 9-year-old. The judge who sentenced him to the maximum 175 years in prison told him: “One day you will face a higher and a greater judge than me. May he have mercy on your soul.”

— AP

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