Jurors Hear More Audio In Polygamist Leader’s Trial

SAN ANGELO (AP) – A Texas jury has heard an audiotape of convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs preparing at least four underage girls to have sex with him.

Jurors considering Jeffs’ punishment in his child sexual assault trial listened Monday to more than 10 minutes of Jeffs detailing how the girls would please him. An FBI agent testified that a 14-year-old, two of her sisters and a half-sister were part of the recording.

The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was heard telling the girls they were helping atone for sins in their church community.

Jurors heard similar tapes before convicting Jeffs last week of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, whom he’d taken as “brides.” He faces up to life in prison.

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One Comment

  1. Melanie says:

    As a Texas resident and as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), I have followed this story with some level of interest. Mr. Jeffs does not proclaim himself to be the follower of my church. The news media is quick to point out that he is not “mormon” but the leader of a “fundamentalist” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Why is it that when I clicked on the tag “mormon” (above) to see what stories you have posted regarding my faith the only stories that come up have to do with Mr. Jeffs. Shame on you for making the distinction between the two faiths in some of your stories, thereby absolving you of libel, and then continue to foster the belief in your links and tags that the two churches are the same.

  2. Randy Chapman says:

    I disagree with your assertion that the two churches are completely different. Other than sharing most of a name (LDS), are they not founded on the very same ideologies? Multiple marriages to very young females was justified by one of the founding fathers of Mormons in the not too distant past. I agree, not the same, but much more than vaguely related….

    1. NiteNurse says:

      As with all religious doctrine it mostly starts at some fundemental necessity and then gets worked into something god said to do. Back before medical advances it was important to have many wives and young ones because so many of them died in childbirth and even more children died because of diseases like smallpox. But that was over a hundred years ago so the need for multiple young wives is no longer necessary. Now perverts like Jeffs work old religious doctrine into furfilling their weird sexual needs.

  3. Elmer says:

    Randy – Stop trying to live in the past. All Christian Churches have the same ideological roots if you go back to the Day of Pentecost. That does not mean they cannot be significantly different now.

  4. Barney's Frank says:

    It’s all fairy tales. Golden inscribed tablets? Jesus visiting Native Americans? Water to wine? Dead for three days and rising again? A virgin birth? Really? REALLY? It’s not just this horsesh!t – it’s the tortoise as the foundation of the earth and the thousands of gods in Hinduism, the Allah/Mohammad thing, the ruse of Scientology… it’s all bunk for gullible, illogical saps seeking solace for their insecurities about the end.

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