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National Briefing / Texas

Sect member gets 10 years in prison

November 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Jurors sentenced a member of a polygamy group to 10 years in prison for the sexual assault of a child. Raymond Jessop, 38, also was fined $8,000.

He was the first member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to face a criminal trial since authorities raided its complex in Eldorado last year.

Prosecutors say the girl in the case entered a "spiritual" marriage with Jessop at 15, and became pregnant at 16.

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