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Federal trial scheduled for Alamo follower

Alleged child-beater arraigned Friday

Posted: January 26, 2009 9:33 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
A Santa Clarita Superior Court judge will arraign Douglas Christopher on Friday on two counts of felony child abuse in connection to an alleged 1988 beating at the Alamo compound in Saugus, a district attorney spokeswoman said.

Christopher, whose real name is Allen Matthew Rehn, is named with three other men in the warrant, said Shiara Davila, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman.

Christopher turned himself into Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Deputies Jan. 20, she said.

Alamo (prounounced "a-LAH-mo") is accused of ordering Christopher, 55, to hold the victim down at the Saugus compound while another ministry member beat the child with a paddle, causing the boy to bleed.

Christopher turned himself in Tuesday to California authorities and is held on a $100,000 bond.

He faces up to six years in jail, she said.

FBI agents captured Alamo in Flagstaff, Ariz., after raiding Alamo's compounds in Saugus and Arkansas.

Alamo allegedly transported a minor (under 18) across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity that would be a criminal offense under state law.

His federal trial is scheduled for May.

Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services visited Alamo's Saugus compound in December, but no children were taken into custody, said Laura Grasmehr, spokeswoman for the department.

Alamo has been an SCV figure since the 1960s when he changed his name from Bernie Lazar Hoffman, abandoned his Jewish upbringing and established his Christian compound in Saugus.

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