FLDS suspect released on bail; Sect working on bail for 4 others
July 31, 2008 News Summary
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Thursday July 31, 2008
FLDS suspect released on bail
A physician from a polygamous sect was released from the Schleicher County Jail on Tuesday after posting bail, but four other men have not yet been released.
The five men, all members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, appeared before Justice of the Peace James Doyle Tuesday on charges related to sexual assaults of minors.
Doyle ordered the men to avoid their victims, stay in Texas and notify law enforcement before leaving Schleicher County while they await trial. Lloyd H. Barlow, a physician charged with three misdemeanors, posted a $15,000 bail and was released after spending one night in jail.
The other four men, who face first-degree felony charges, remain jailed because they have not yet posted $100,000 bonds set for each charge by 51st District Judge Barbara Walther.
A Schleicher County grand jury on July 22 indicted six FLDS members, including jailed sect leader Warren S. Jeffs, on sexual assault and related charges.
Polygamist group tries to raise bail for 4 charged with sexual assault
AUSTIN – The spokesman for a West Texas polygamist sect said the group is trying to pull together half a million dollars in bail money for four men charged with sexual assaulting young girls. For now, Willie Jessop said, the members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints remain in jail.
Sect prophet Warren Jeffs, who is incarcerated in Arizona, was also charged with sexual assault; he could be extradited to stand trial in Texas.
Last week, Mr. Jeffs and four other men – Merril Leroy Jessop, 33; Raymond Jessop, 36; Michael Emack, 57; and Allan Keate, 56, – were charged with first-degree felony sexual assault of a child, a crime punishable by five years to life in prison. The younger Mr. Jessop is also charged with first-degree felony bigamy, which means one of his alleged wives is younger than 16. Dr. Lloyd Barlow, a 38-year-old physician whose indictment indicates he delivered the babies of underage mothers on the Yearning for Zion ranch, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of failing to report child abuse.
Raymond Jessop, Mr. Emack and Mr. Keate all had their bond set at $100,000. Merril Leroy Jessop’s bond is $200,000 because he faces two felony charges.
Any of the men who post bail will be required to refrain from contacting their alleged victims, turn over their passports and remain within the state.
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