Warren Jeffs Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Child "Brides"

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Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was in a Texas courtroom today, where he was sentenced to life in prison today for sexually assaulting two underage followers of his breakaway sect of the Mormon Church.

See former New Times staffer John Dougherty's articles on the the secretive, isolated polygamist Mormon communities that straddle the Arizona-Utah border here.

The FLDS' original headquarters was based in Colorado City -- along the Arizona/Utah border -- but Jeffs moved the Church's headquarters to Texas after he faced criminal charges in Arizona. He was convicted of accessory to rape in Utah in 2007, but the conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court. In December he was extradited to Texas to face charges there.

Prosecutors were able to prove through DNA evidence that Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old member of the church. They also played audio recordings at trial of Jeffs sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

From the Associated Press:

During the trial, prosecutors played other tapes in which Jeffs was heard instructing as many as a dozen of his young wives on how to please him sexually -- and thus, he told them, please God.

"If the world knew what I was doing, they would hang me from the highest tree," Jeffs wrote in 2005, according to one of thousands of pages of notes seized along with the audio recordings from his Texas ranch.

Nichols referred to that in his closing.

"No, Mr. Jeffs, unlike what you wrote in your priesthood records ... we don't hang convicts anymore from the highest tree. Not even child molesters," Nichols said.

The two girls whom Jeffs has been convicted of sexually abusing are apparently the tip of the iceberg.

In 2004, Jeffs' nephew, Brent Jeffs, filed a lawsuit against his uncle claiming he sodomized him in the late 1980s. Two of Jeffs' other nephews also made claims that Jeffs sexually abused them, one of whom, Clayne Jeffs, committed suicide.

Jeffs is the eighth member of the FLDS church convicted since authorities raided the Yearning For Zion compound near San Angelo, Texas, in 2008 after Child Protective Services received several calls from juveniles claiming they'd been abused.

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Lucky for him he can now get all the sex he wants. Or doesn't. He gets to play the part of the little girl.....

Lq3536265
Lq3536265

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Gerry_C
Gerry_C

There are more of these child rapists right in AZ.  What is Tom Horne doing about it?

Danny Haszard
Danny Haszard

The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if alcohol controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.If they try to ruin your reputation and break up your family for trying to get out then they are a cult! Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles go door to door and come on our property. Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses suppress evidence when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation.Whenever you surrender your logic and reason to anyone who asks you to trust them because they know better it's possibly a cult.If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....Danny Haszard abuse victim -dannyhaszard(dot)com

Mistalee
Mistalee

One down, ten thousand to go. Now what to do with the rest of those inbred, diseased, child abusing FLDS  dirtbags? 

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

"Jeffs is the eighth member of the FLDS church convicted since authorities raided the Yearning For Zion compound near San Angelo, Texas, in 2008 after Child Protective Services received several calls from juveniles claiming they'd been abused."

Actually, that part is wrong, they got calls from some chick who wasn't even at the YFZ ranch... Some serial hoaxster.

"On March 29, 2008,[16] a local domestic violence shelter hotline took a call from a female claiming to be a 16-year-old victim of physical and sexual abuse at the church's YFZ Ranch.[17][18] The girl who identified herself as "Sarah" was never found,[19] but investigators eventually established by tracing the calls that they were made by a much older woman, Rozita Swinton, who had been arrested for previous hoax calls posing as abused and victimized girls"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y...

(Yeah, I know it's Wikipedia and all, but it's accurate...)

Either way, this jackass is going to be away for a long, long time. Let's hope he isn't able to run things from jail anymore, either. I like Mormons, they are nice people and make good neighbors, guys like Jeffs and the FLDS give people an excuse to paint all Mormons with this brush. Hell, I don't even care about ploygamy, as long as everyone is an adult that has been read in on the setup and still wants to enter into it. No underage kids, no rape, and no welfare scamming, and I don't care how many wives or husbands ANYBODY has. If you can keep more than one spouse happy, then more power to ya!

OldAustinHippy
OldAustinHippy

What's truly ironic (and I think it's Karma) is that in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, all new inmates are processed at a regional intake center. Because his conviction occurred in San Angelo, he'll be sent to the Dick Ware Transfer Center in Colorado City, TX for status determination.

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/st...

J Curwen
J Curwen

How long will Jeffs last in the Texas prison system? We should get a pool going.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

another job well done New Times , John d. and the New times really got the ball rolling on this with that first articals , and got the media and law into the issue . you opened the box , and justice has now been served . he is gone for a great long while , he is done and over with . this is the power of the press at it's best .

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnessessuppress evidence when a child comes forward with allegations ofmolestation within the congregation."

As does the Roman Catholic Church. We have been BURIED in evidence of that, yet Pope Ratzinger roams free. He should get to have Jeffs as his bunkmate.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Either way, this jackass is going to be away for a long, long time."

He got sentenced to life in prison for serial child molestation. For child molesters, a life sentence in prison may not be long at all.

Lazik11
Lazik11

"Fresh fish!!!"  I'll bet you two packs of Lucky Strikes that "the Sisters" show him their  version of a prayer session. 

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