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(AP) - A federal judge in Texarkana has refused to block a civil lawsuit against jailed evangelist Tony Alamo, who was convicted of transporting underage girls across state lines.
Alamo is being sued by six women he took as his "wives" when they were young adolescents as Alamo ran his ministry in Fouke.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that a component of Alamo's 175-year-jail sentence given in 2010 requires Alamo to pay five of the women $250,000 each.
Lawyers representing individuals and businesses accused of knowing about and allowing Alamo to sexually abuse young girls asked U.S. District Judge Paul K. Holmes to stay the case over a fear the government is investigating them and may bring more charges.
Holmes ruled he can't block the 2012 trial over speculation about an investigation.
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