6 children in Ark. custody after raid on compound

September 21, 2008 12:45:03 PM PDT
Six children are in temporary state custody as they are interviewed after a raid on a church compound that was part of a child-porn investigation, Arkansas police said Sunday. The children will be under the care of the state Department of Human Services during the interviews, said state police spokesman Bill Sadler. He didn't offer a timeline for the interviews.

More than 100 federal and state police raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in the small southwestern Arkansas town of Fouke on Saturday as part of a two-year investigation into child abuse and pornography allegations against convicted tax evader Tony Alamo.

"Should there be any long-term separation of the children from the Alamo property, a local court will make the determination as to the status of those children," Sadler said in a statement.

Alamo has denied any involvement in pornography.


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