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FLDS member pleads guilty to sex charges in marriage to his cousin

The ex-husband whose marriage was at the center of FLDS leader Warren’s Jeff’s trial — and who was charged with rape one day after the cult leader’s conviction pleaded guilty to reduced charges Friday and was sentenced to probation and a month in jail.

The charge against Allen Glade Steed stemmed from his “spiritual marriage” to a 14-year-old cousin.

Steed, who originally facing a single charge of first-degree felony rape, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of solemnization of a prohibited marriage, and entered a plea in abeyance to a second charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Both are third-degree felonies.

The Deseret News says:

After entering his plea, Steed was immediately sentenced. Fifth District Judge G. Rand Beacham ordered him to serve three years of probation, spend 30 days in jail and pay two $5,000 fines.

Because Steed entered a plea in abeyance to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor, the charge will eventually be dismissed if he complies with all the terms of his probation.

“This is a good day,” said Elissa Wall, who Steed married in 2001 when she was just 14. “I’m grateful for where we’re at.”

That marriage led to the prosecution and conviction of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist LDS Church, who presided over the marriage and advised the girl to give herself “mind, body and soul and obey without question,” according to court documents. Wall, who is now an adult, testified that she had expressed concerns before the union, stating that she felt she was too young for marriage and that she wished to marry someone other than her cousin.

She said Jeffs and other family members told her before her marriage, and after, to obey the prophet and her husband.

“Allen will truly never understand the magnitude of the scars that I will carry for the rest of my life,” Wall said after the hearing. “And Warren Jeffs will never understand the scars and the ways that he has destroyed thousands of people’s lives, including mine.”

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Case against man from Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect is not dismissed

A Utah judge has refused to dismiss a rape charge against a man whose 2001 spiritual marriage to an underage girl was the basis for the state’s criminal prosecution of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, the Associated Press reports.

In a ruling made public Wednesday, Fifth District Court Judge G. Rand Beacham said defendant Allen Glade Steed has not proved that a decision by prosecutors to delay filing the case prevents him from getting a fair trial.

Steed, 29, was charged with rape in September 2007, one day after a jury convicted Jeffs of two counts of rape as an accomplice and six years after the alleged crime.

Jeffs, the ecclesiastical leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was convicted on two counts of being an accomplice to rape for a marriage he conducted between Allen G. Steed and Elissa Wall, then 14. Wall testified during Jeffs’ trial that she objected to the union and, initially, to having sex with her husband but Jeffs ignored her requests to be let out of the marriage.

Steed’s attorneys sought a dismissal in October, after the Utah Supreme Court overturned Jeffs’ convictions in July.