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6 children in Ark. custody after raid on ministry

Six minors were placed in state custody after a raid Saturday on a ministry in Fouke, Ark. run by a man who may be part of a child porn business, The Associated Press reported.

WCCO and The Star Tribune also posted the story written by the AP reporter.

The children, who are 12-, 13-, and 14-year-old girls, will be held in state custody while investigators interview them.

Bill Sadler, state police spokesman, said he didn’t know how long the interviews would last. The courts will decide on the children’s status in regards to their separation from the property of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in rural Fouke.

“Investigators said their two-year probe into allegations of child pornography and abuse focused on convicted tax evader Tony Alamo and his ministry, described by its critics as a cult," The Associated Press reported.

The raid ended after midnight Saturday. Sadler said there are no plans to search the buildings again. No plans to search other ministry locations have been reported.