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TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP)

Evangelist Tony Alamo in court on Mann Act charges

Evangelist Tony Alamo has appeared in court for a five-minute hearing on federal charges accusing him of transporting minors across state lines for sex.

The appearance in Arkansas was Alamo's first appearance since his Sept. 25 arrest in Arizona. The arrest came five days after his Arkansas compound was raided and six girls were taken into protective custody.

In the raid, agents were searching for evidence that children there had been molested or filmed having sex. Alamo has long promoted the idea of girls being allowed to marry as soon as they reach puberty but has denied in interviews that such marriages have taken place in his ministry.

If convicted, Alamo faces 10 years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine on each charge.

The trail is set for Nov. 19.

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