More bigamy charges in Texas polygamist sect case
The indictments, issued by a Schleicher County grand jury Thursday, accuse Michael George Emack, 57, and Raymond Merrill Jessop, 36, of bigamy. Both were served on Friday.
The clerk’s office has not released the name or charge on a third indictment issued Thursday because it has not yet been served.
The indictments against Emack and Jessop include few details of the accusations, but church records released as part of a separate custody case show Jessop, who was already married, was married to the daughter of jailed sect leader Warren Jeffs the day after she turned 15.
Under Texas law, someone younger than 17 cannot generally consent to sex with an adult. The crime of bigamy includes legal marriages and the lower standard of purporting to marry.
Aug. 25, 2008 News Summary