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6 kids in custody after church raid

Six children have been placed in temporary state custody as they are interviewed in the wake of a raid on a church compound as part of a child-porn investigation, Arkansas police said Sunday.

The children will be under the care of the state Department of Human Services during the interviews, said state police spokesman Bill Sadler. He didn't say how long the interviews would last.

Federal and state police raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in the small southwestern Arkansas town of Fouke on Saturday as part of a two-year investigation into child abuse and pornography allegations against convicted tax evader Tony Alamo.

Sadler did not say how old the children were, but an e-mail that authorities inadvertently sent to media members last week referred to 12-, 13- and 14-year-old girls.

The search ended after midnight, and Sadler said officials had no plans to search the buildings again. Alamo, described by prosecutors in his tax evasion case as a polygamist who preys on girls and women, has denied involvement in pornography.

U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe declined to comment when asked whether an arrest warrant had been issued for Alamo.

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