Authorities Moved up Raid Because of E-Mail Mistake

September 22, 2008

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The raid at an evangelical compound in Arkansas was launched earlier than authorities had planned because of an e-mail error.

The raid was moved up to this weekend after a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney accidentally e-mailed more than 60 local media outlets on Friday about plans for an October raid at the Tony Alamo (uh-LAH'-moh) Christian Ministries complex. Media organizations managed to keep mum until Saturday, when authorities descended on the complex. It was the culmination of a 2-year investigation.

No one has been arrested, although authorities have said they expect a warrant to be issued for Alamo. Six children have been placed in temporary state custody and are being interviewed.

Alamo told The Associated Press Saturday that no child pornography was made at the ministry but that "consent is puberty" when it comes to sex. Alamo, who said he was in California, said the government is trying to harass him.


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