- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) A traveling minister who served two years in prison on bigamy charges has been jailed again after at least four women said he proposed to them.

Officials also say there is no evidence that Bishop Anthony Owens, 35, divorced the eight women he had married before going to prison.

A judge will decide whether Owens should go back to prison. Owens surrendered to Gwinnett County authorities on April 30.

Betty Dixon, 38, met him in March in a casino near Memphis, Tenn.

“He was a slick talker,” she said. “He told me God had sent him to me, and I needed help.”

Cheryl Selmon, 48, says Owens proposed to her in October. A month later, he proposed to Darlene Keeler, 42.

Then he met 43-year-old Karen Ward, a mother of two young children, and proposed to her.

“He said God gave him a message that he was going to move my family to California for a better life,” Mrs. Ward said. “I gave up my apartment. I took my children out of school. He said he is a real man of the Lord. But he is just a mess. I hate the day that I met him.”

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