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More bigamy charges in Texas polygamist sect case

Religion News Blog, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aug. 25, 2008 News Summary • Tuesday August 26, 2008

More bigamy charges in Texas polygamist sect case

ELDORADO, Texas — Two of the new indictments issued by a grand jury against members of a polygamist sect added bigamy charges against men already accused of sexual assault of a child.

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.

- Source: More bigamy charges in Texas polygamist sect case , AP, via the Dallas Morning News, Aug. 25, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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