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Trial set for erstwhile FLDS cult leader Warren Jeffs

Warren Jeffs After more than two years, a Mohave County Superior Court judge finally set a trial date in one of two criminal cases filed against Warren Jeffs.

The self-proclaimed prophet of the polygamist polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is serving a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted in Utah in 2007 of two counts of rape as an accomplice. [Read more...]

Jury finds FLDS member Merril Leroy Jessop guilty

Merril Leroy Jessop The Texas Attorney General’s Office says a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been convicted of sexual assault of an alleged underage bride.

Merril Leroy Jessop faces up to life in prison. [Read more...]

Judge cancels hearing in case against Warren Jeffs

Warren Jeffs An Arizona judge has canceled a two-day hearing in the state’s case against polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs after granting a defense motion barring use of any evidence found at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Texas ranch in 2008. [Read more...]

FLDS indictments upheld, Keate trial begins today

Allen Keate After two hearings lasting 12 hours Monday, the stage is set for the trial of Allan Eugene Keate, beginning today in the Memorial Building in Eldorado.

Keate, a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sect, is alleged to have taken an underage girl as a “spiritual” wife. [Read more...]

Man from polygamist sect sentenced to 10 years

Raymond Jessop A man from a polygamist group in West Texas has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assault of a child.

Raymond Jessop was sentenced Tuesday by the same jury that convicted him last week.

The 38-year-old was the first member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to go on trial since authorities raided their ranch in Eldorado last year. [Read more...]

Polygamist Sect Leader Convicted of Sexual Assault

Raymond Jessop Raymond M. Jessop, one of the leaders of a polygamist sect was convicted Thursday night of sexually assaulting an under-age girl whom the church elders had assigned to him as one of his nine wives.

The state used birth records, a marriage certificate and FLDS church records to show Jessop, already married, took the girl as a spiritual wife in 2004 when she was 16. [Read more...]

First of a dozen polygamist FLDS sect members goes on trial

FLDS The first of a dozen polygamist sect members charged with abuse of women stands trial Monday, 18 months after agents raided the group’s remote ranch and carted off more than 400 children in the largest child-custody case in American history.

Raymond Jessop, 38, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of sexual assault of a child, a charge stemming from his alleged marriage to an underage girl in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He will be tried later on a separate count of bigamy related to a second alleged underage bride. [Read more...]