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Ex-FLDS bishop gets maximum sentence for marrying 12-year old to cult leader

Fredrick Merrill Jessop The former bishop of a polygamy-sanctioning sect received the maximum sentence of 10 years and a $10,000 fine late Tuesday afternoon for conducting a marriage ceremony between a 12-year-old girl and the then-50-year-old sect leader, Warren Jeffs.

jurors took just under an hour to deliberate on the sentence of Fredrick Merril Jessop [Read more...]

Former FLDS bishop goes on trial over Warren Jeffs wedding to minor

Fedrick Merril Jessop Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Fredrick Merril Jessop, a former bishop of a polygamist FLDS sect. Jessop is accused of officiating at the marriage of an underage girl to the sect’s leader, Warren Jeffs, who has since been sentenced to life in prison [Read more...]

Trial of former FLDS Frederick Merril Jessop bishop moved

Frederick Merril Jessop The trial of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints former bishop Fredrick Merril Jessop on a charge of conducting an illegal ceremony will be held in Coke County.

Jessop was indicted on charges that he conducted a ceremony prohibited by law by marrying an underage girl to Warren Jeffs, the church head of the FLDS in 2006. [Read more...]

Former polygamous sect leaders appear in Texas court

Frederick Merril Jessop Frederick Merril Jessop, a former bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was told to stay in Texas until his trial unless he gets permission from the court to take medical trips out of state.

Two other FLDS leaders appeared in court as well. [Read more...]

Former FLDS bishop gets new attorney, trial date

Frederick Merril Jessop What was to be a final pretrial turned in to what may be the first of several pretrials for Frederick Merril Jessop, 75, a bishop of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who now has a new attorney.

Jessop’s next pretrial hearing was scheduled for June 27 in Schleicher County, and a trial date was set for Oct. 31. [Read more...]

FLDS bishop’s ex-wife gains ‘victory'; $148K is set for child support

A protracted fight to extract child support from a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the recipient of the child support claiming a “victory.”

Frederick Merril Jessop, the bishop of the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County, Texas, has signed an order guaranteeing that he will pay $148,000 in child support to his former wife Carolyn Jessop for care of their eight children. [Read more...]

Presiding FLDS elder, two other sect members indicted

FLDS The 72-year-old presiding elder of a breakaway Mormon sect and two other church members turned themselves into authorities Monday to face felony charges relating to the underage marriage of girls to older men.

Frederick “Merril” Jessop, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, faces one count of conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor, a felony.

One of Merril Jessop’s wives, Carolyn, fled the FLDS community on the Arizona-Utah line with her children in 2003 and wrote a best-selling book, “Escape.” [Read more...]