9/18/2005 | Share this article:ATLANTA — A minister is free after serving two years in prison for having children at his church whipped with belts.
The Rev. Arthur Allen Jr. was released Wednesday from Central State Prison in Macon, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Peggy Chapman said.
Allen's wife, Trina, picked up the minister from the medium security prison, Chapman said.
Allen, 73, has been in the prison since 2003 on child cruelty and aggravated assault charges stemming from activities at the House of Prayer church in northwest Atlanta.
He was accused of ordering church members to discipline children with whips and belts when they misbehaved. The spankings left welts on two boys.
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