Polygamy prosecutions leave unfinished business in Colorado City

PHOENIX – As the cases against eight members of a polygamous sect in Colorado City slowly come to an end, those responsible for bringing them to court know they’ve got a long road ahead of them.

The eight men were accused of entering polygamous unions with young girls and then fathering their children.

Authorities had hoped their indictments would be a lesson to other male members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

But two years later, three of the men received jail sentences ranging from one day to nine months.

One man was found not guilty and charges were dropped against two others.

Dale Barlow is scheduled to be sentenced today for his no contest plea to conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

Under a plea agreement, a charge of sexual conduct with a minor was dismissed.

The last of the eight men – Rodney Holm – has yet to go trial.

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