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Texas to seize embattled monastery

BLANCO, Texas, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The state of Texas is moving to seize a monastery that was the scene of alleged child molestation and money laundering.

The state this week filed a seizure notice against the Christ of the Hills Monastery near Blanco on the grounds the 105-acre property was the site of repeated crimes.

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The founder of the monastery, Samuel Greene, was one of five residents arrested late last month for allegedly carrying out repeated molestations.

Not only that, but the supposedly weeping painting of the Virgin Mary that drew scores of visitors and thousands of dollars in donations in the 1980s turned out to be a fraud and was seized by state agents.

Greene told the San Antonio Express-News he disagreed with the seizure order.

Christ of the Hills is not affiliated with any religious order.

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