Arizona cult leader from polygamist sect took 20 ‘wives’ including girl aged 9, FBI says

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  • A man in Arizona made 20 women his wives, including a nine-year-old, the FBI said.
  • He is currently in jail, accused of child abuse among other allegations.
  • An affidavit said the FBI has probable cause to believe he trafficked people for sexual purposes.

The FBI said a man in Arizona took a total of 20 “wives,” including several girls, one as young as nine.

The claim came in an FBI affidavit filed in federal court on Friday, describing allegations against Samuel Rappylee Bateman, 46.

It described him as a cult leader, who had “approximately 50 followers and over 20 wives, many of whom are minors, mostly under the age of 15.”

The document and its contents were first reported by The Salt Lake Tribune. Insider also viewed a copy.

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