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New polygamist search thwarted

May 22, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Child welfare agents returned to a polygamous sect's ranch near Eldorado in search of children who may have arrived since more than 460 minors were swept into state custody last month over allegations of sexual abuse.

Guy Jessop, a guard at the ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, refused to admit two Child Protective Service workers and a sheriff's deputy. The agency could seek a court order.

State officials say the sect forces underage girls into marriage and sex. The sect's members deny any abuse.

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