Invisible Children

Children by Tony Alamo

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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Six girls—Jeanne Orlando (left), Amy Eddy (second from left), Desiree Kolbek (second from right), Pebbles Rodriguez, Jamie Rodriquez, and Summer Hagan—were taken as child brides and sexually abused by Tony Alamo, a fundamentalist minister and leader of the cultlike Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. Jeanne was 15, Amy was 14, Desiree was 8, and Pebbles was 12 when they were first raped by Alamo. A seventh girl, Nicole Farr (right), was 15 when she escaped from Alamo’s compound, having been told she would be his next bride.

Dozens of other children were also sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by the group, which also had branches in Indiana, California, Colorado, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. None of the children in the group received social security numbers or vaccinations. Although Alamo claimed that all the children were homeschooled, their homeschool program was not registered and Anthony Lane, the father of three other children in Alamo’s group (9-year-old Tim, 11-year-old Sarah, and 13-year-old Ashley, whom he had seen married to a 40-year-old man), stated that “They don’t do much schooling though, for someone who claims they home school their kids. I didn’t see a whole lot of kids going to school every day.”

Tony Alamo was arrested and charged with transporting minors across state lines to engage in sex. He was sentenced to 175 years in prison. Many of the parents in his group lost custodial rights to their children.

Date: September 20, 2008
Fouke, Arkansas


Documents: Date:
6 children in Ark. custody after raid on compound 09-22-2008
Former Alamo Church Member Tells the behind the Scene Story 09-23-2008
Parents Must Move From Alamo Church Compound To Regain Custody of Girls 11-24-2008
32 Children Seized From Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, Over Alleged Beatings, Sexual Abuse 12-04-2008
Alamo follower in N.J. regains custody of son, attorney says 05-07-2009
Evangelist Tony Alamo Sentenced to 175 Years for Taking Girls Across State Lines for Sex 11-16-2009
Seizure of children from Alamo compound is affirmed by Appeals court 04-15-2010
Women: We were child brides in U.S. 06-23-2010
Woman ‘married’ to cult leader Tony Alamo when she was 12 joins civil lawsuit against Alamo Ministries 12-24-2010