FEATURED ARTICLES ABOUT FUNDAMENTALIST CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS - PAGE 2
March 28, 2007 |
A judge rejected a request to move the trial of a polygamous-sect leader from St. George to Salt Lake City but said he would change his mind if he couldn't seat a fair-minded jury. Judge James Shumate said jury selection in the trial of Warren Jeffs would be conducted in private. Jeffs, 51, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is charged with rape as an accomplice in the spiritual marriage of a 14-year-old girl to a 19-year-old cousin in 2001.
August 31, 2006 |
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs will be prosecuted first in Utah, then in Arizona, on charges that he arranged marriages of underage girls to older men, authorities said in Salt Lake City. Utah prosecutors agreed to try Jeffs first because they believed they had a stronger case and more serious charges, including two counts of rape by accomplice, which accuse Jeffs of forcing a girl to marry an older man and submit to him sexually.
April 14, 2008 |
The mothers of children removed from a polygamous sect's ranch have written to Texas Gov. Rick Perry for help. The mothers say in the letter that some of their children have become sick and require hospitalization. Officials have said that about a dozen children had chicken pox and that others needed prescription medications, but they haven't said whether any were hospitalized. More than 400 children were taken from the ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Eldorado and moved to temporary living quarters in San Angelo.
May 1, 2008 |
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.
October 5, 2007 |
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.
November 11, 2009 |
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.
May 22, 2008 |
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.
September 5, 2008 |
Child by child, Texas authorities are acknowledging that many of the children seized during a raid on a polygamist sect's ranch can safely live with their parents or guardians. Since the April 3 raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, 235 children's custody cases have been dropped, meaning that fewer than half of the 440 children seized remain bound by a court order to stay in Texas, attend parenting classes or be available for unannounced visits by Child Protective Services.