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Alleged child-abuser denied bail reduction

Christopher heads back to court Feb. 27; federal trial begins in May

Posted: February 19, 2009 11:42 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Douglas Christopher will head back to court Feb. 27 for a preliminary hearing in his child-abuse case, a district attorney's official said.

Christopher, whose real name is Allen Matthew Rehn, is accused of beating a child at Tony Alamo Ministries' compound in Saugus in 1988. Christopher's lawyer requested to reduce Christopher's bail Tuesday, but Judge Barbara Lyons declined the request, said Shiara Davila, L.A. County district attorney spokeswoman.

Christopher turned himself in Jan. 20 to California authorities and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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

He allegedly transported a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

Alamo's federal trial begins in 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 became a Santa Clarita Valley figure in 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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