A 5th District Court judge authorized a warrant Wednesday for the arrest of a Hildale man who once worked as bodyguard for Warren Jeffs, the polygamous church leader who is serving a life sentence in prison for sexually assaulting a child.
William R. Jessop, 42, is being sought by the court after his failure to appear for two hearings to schedule payments he owes private investigator Samuel Brower. Brower won a claim that Jessop subjected him to a frivolous court filing, which required Brower to incur legal expenses he wants Jessop to pay.
One of Jessop’s three attorneys, Blaine Hofeling, told Judge G. Rand Beacham that Jessop is out of the country on unknown business and could not be present for Wednesday’s hearing.
“Yesterday, I called to check (with Jessop),” Hofeling said. “And he ended up in Switzerland.”
Beacham issued the $15,000 warrant and scheduled a new hearing on the matter for Nov. 23. Hofeling said he and Brower’s attorney, Willard Bishop, may reach a settlement on payment of Brower’s legal expenses before November, but Beacham said he still wants to see Jessop in court. […]
The court case between the two arose after Jessop filed a complaint in July 2008 seeking a restraining order against Brower, alleging Brower had taken television news crews from Northern Utah to property in the twin state-line communities of Hildale and Colorado City owned by members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where they allegedly subjected the FLDS members to fear as they trespassed on the residents’ lands.
Brower denied the claims, stating he had recently returned from Texas, where he had been assisting a private investigator involved with a polygamy case. The court ruled Jessop did not have sufficient evidence to support his request for a restraining order.
“His witnesses would not lie for him,” Brower said. “We never had to put on our case.”
Brower then sued and won payment of the legal expenses he had incurred as a result of the court case, including travel expenses for witnesses from Salt Lake City’s ABC and NBC television news stations.