Bond set for sect leader, accused rapist

Carbon County Justice of the Peace Johnny Seiffert set bond Friday at $250,007 for Fromberg sect leader Geody Harman, who was arrested Wednesday on a Utah warrant on rape charges.

Harman, who describes himself as first counsel of the Holy Ghost of the Church of the Firstborn of the General Assembly of Heaven, appeared before Seiffert by video from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Seiffert advised Harman of his rights and continued the bond as set in the warrant. Harman will be arraigned Aug. 25 in District Court.

Meanwhile, an extradition hearing date has not yet been set for the church’s president, Terrill Dalton, but officials in Hot Springs County, Wyo., expect it to happen soon.

Dalton was arrested Thursday in Thermopolis, Wyo., on a warrant charging him with felony first-degree rape.

The charging documents allege that Harman raped a then-15-year-old girl in Utah sometime between 2005 and 2006. Dalton is charged with two felony counts of first-degree rape of the same girl, also between 2005 and 2006.

– Source / Full Story: Bond set for Fromberg sect leader, accused rapist, Billings Gazette, Aug. 20, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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