Jurors weigh sex-crimes charges against evangelist

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Jurors have resumed deliberating the child-sex charges against jailed evangelist Tony Alamo for a second day.

They arrived Friday morning at the Texarkana federal courthouse where they've already spent 8½ hours discussing the 10-count federal indictment against the 74-year-old Alamo.

Jurors have paused twice to ask the judge questions. The court won't say what they were about.

Prosecutors allege Alamo took five underage girls across state lines for sex as far back as 1994. They claim one was as young as 9 and was "married" to the evangelist.

Defense attorneys say the girls traveled on legitimate business for Alamo's ministry, which espouses an apocalyptic form of Christianity.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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