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October 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man charged with rape in an arranged marriage to his 14-year-old cousin was released on $5,000 bail, authorities said in Salt Lake City. Allen Steed, 26, is charged with raping the girl during their marriage, which was arranged in 2001 by leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Steed was charged last week, a day after a jury convicted church leader Warren Jeffs on two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in overseeing the union.
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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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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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May 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Texas child welfare authorities say they are investigating whether young boys were sexually abused at a polygamist sect's ranch. The move is part of a massive investigation triggered by allegations that girls were forced into underage marriages and sex. Carey Cockerell, the head of the state's Department of Family and Protective Services, told state lawmakers the investigation was based on "discussions with the boys." Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints responded sharply, saying state authorities were misleading the public to cover up their errors in the case.
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June 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Arizona's attorney general believes fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs recently returned to perform more marriages involving underage girls in Colorado City, Ariz., his church's community along the Utah-Arizona state line. Atty. Gen. Terry Goddard told a Salt Lake City newspaper that he plans to meet with FBI officials Monday about the case.
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May 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The FBI placed polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs on its 10 most-wanted list, hoping the additional exposure and reward money lead to an arrest in the long-running investigation. Jeffs, 50, is the leader of the pro-polygamy Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based in the state-line towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. He is wanted in Arizona on criminal charges of sexual conduct with a minor and has been charged in Utah with rape as an accomplice.
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March 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mohave County Atty. Matt Smith filed a motion to dismiss two of 10 sexual assault charges against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs because an alleged victim refuses to testify. Smith said that he received a letter from the woman's attorney explaining that she doesn't want to take the stand against Jeffs, the president, or prophet, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. "She does not want to have to deal with all the family and community pressures to be involved in this case," Smith said.
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March 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in St. George postponed the April 23 trial involving the leader of a polygamous sect who is charged with crimes tied to the spiritual marriage of a minor and an older man. Judge James Shumate instead will hear arguments that day on motions to suppress evidence in the case against Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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April 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Officials who took 416 children from a polygamist retreat into state custody sent many of their mothers away from the children's temporary residence as a judge and lawyers struggled with one of the biggest child-custody cases in U.S. history. Of the 139 women who voluntarily left the compound with their children, only those with children 4 or younger were allowed to continue staying with them, said Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the state Children's Protective Services. The state accuses members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of physically and sexually abusing the youngsters.
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