Polygamist Tom Green must obey new condition

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has placed polygamist Tom Green under one new condition as he prepares to leave prison.

The parole board said Green may have no contact with one of his former spiritual wives or any of her family – including their five children – except as required by a court order.

That means Green, 59, will have to go to court if he wants to resume a relationship with those children.

Green was convicted in 2001 of four counts of bigamy and one count of criminal nonsupport; he was convicted in 2002 of one count of rape of a child related to his spiritual marriage to Linda Green, a stepdaughter, when she was 13.

Linda Green is now his legal wife.

He will be released from the Utah State Prison on Tuesday after completing a six-year sentence.

The board previously said Green must complete mental health therapy and victim empathy counseling. It also ordered Green to pay restitution of $34,420 to the state for aid it gave his family.

One of Green’s former wives, who has since remarried, appeared at a July 17 special hearing and asked that four conditions be placed on him.

The woman, who asked that news media not identify her, requested that Green be required to provide child support, have only supervised contact with them, be prohibited from sharing his religious views with them and be prohibited from harassing her.

“We believe that when the state of Utah turns its back on him that he can influence my young children into a life of polygamy, which from my experience is a life filled with pain and agony and long-lasting social consequences,” she said.

Green said he had never tried to get any of his children to follow his beliefs; one son, in fact, plans on serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I just want to be a father to my children to whatever extent I’m allowed to be,” he said.

The board rejected a prison recommendation that Green’s sentence be terminated upon his release, which would have ended his state supervision.

It also rejected a request by Adult Probation and Parole that Green be required to continue sex offender therapy and modify his plans to live in a quadplex, where Linda Green, three other women and 20 of his 32 children now live.

Green completed sex offender therapy while in prison, said Jim Hatch, board spokesman.

Green told Keith Hamilton, a board member, during the July 17 hearing that he plans to live with Linda Green – and next door to the mothers of his other children.

“His living situation will be evaluated by Adult Probation and Parole and if they believe he is violating any state law or the conditions of his parole, they can report that to the Board of Pardons, which will respond accordingly,” Hatch said.

Linda Green told the board that she was committed to ensuring her husband “doesn’t sleep anywhere else but in my home or [do] anything that would be viewed as being a bigamist or cohabitating somewhere else.”

Green also pledged to “absolutely” avoid anything that might land him back in prison.

“Whatever restrictions I’m placed under when I leave will be nothing compared to the restrictions I’ve had for six years,” Green said at the hearing. “I will be happy to comply with any restrictions that allow me to have more association with my family or be free from prison.”

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