Wednesday, 23 Jul, 2008 Offbeat

Polygamist Sect Leader Accused of Child Sex Assault


Polygamist Sect Leader Accused of Child Sex AssaultThe imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect along with other five men arrested earlier this year in Texas have been accused of child sex assault.

Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney-General, mentioned that he looks forward to extradite Warren Jeffs, the former leader of a polygamist sect, who was convicted of rape in 2007 and currently is imprisoned in Arizona jail.

The Attorney-General decided to keep the names of five other men undisclosed. However, he said that there "will be an aggressive attempt to apprehend them".

"The indictments issues today are part of an ongoing and continuing criminal investigation," added Mr. Abbott. He said that additional details will not yet be unveiled.

It is worth mentioning that in April 2008 over 400 children were released from the Yearning For Zion ranch.

According to officials, girls were being "prepared" to admit sex with their "spiritual husbands", who were middle-aged men, as soon as they reach puberty and boys were taught to carry on the cycle of abuse.

Following the Court's decision that the state child welfare officials exceeded their authority after they took the 468 children without providing evidence that they were in immediate danger, children were brought back to their parents.

The Attorney-General said that Jeffs was accused on charges of offensive assault of a child. The other four men were given charges of "sexually assaulting young girls under the age of 17". Among the four men, one was given charges of bigamy. The other man has been accused of failing to provide information of child abuse.

Source: News Yahoo

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