Tony Alamo, founder and leader of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries has been convicted on charges that he transported minor girls across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
The federal jury in Arkansas found Alamo, 74, whose real name is Bernie Hoffman, guilty on
all 10 counts of the federal indictment and followed six days of testimony during which women
Alamo can be sentenced to serve up to 30 years in prison for the most serious of the counts. He also faces the prospect of fines up to $250,000 on each count.
Each of the women testified that Alamo "married" them when they were underaged.
On his website, Alamo claims that the five women who testified against him were pressured to do so by the FBI and that they are under the spell of witchcraft. He also maintains that the legal age of marriage is puberty.