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Polygamous Arizona leader charged with additional crimes against children

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COLORADO CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A grand jury has indicted an Arizona polygamous sect leader and 10 of his followers for charges of sex with minors, child pornography and gathering underage wives. Officials say the polygamous leader, 47-year-old Samuel…[Continue Reading...]

Colorado City Man and 10 Members of Polygamist Sect Charged with Illicit Sexual Conduct with Minors, and Related Crimes

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Samuel Rappylee Bateman, 47, of Colorado City, Arizona, along with 10 of his followers, were indicted on May 18, 2023, by a federal grand jury on charges relating to a years-long conspiracy to travel across state lines…[Continue Reading...]

Lori Vallow verdict – live: Brandon Boudreaux seeks ‘forgiveness’ for doomsday mom as she faces new charges

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“Doomsday cult mom” Lori Vallow has been convicted of murdering her two children and conspiring to murder her new husband Chad Daybell’s first wife. The jury of seven men and five women reached a verdict on Friday after nearly seven…[Continue Reading...]

Polygamist cult leader and self-proclaimed prophet ‘brazenly’ used jailhouse phone system to have ‘sexual discussions’ with kids: Feds

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Polygamous cult leader Sam Bateman, a self-proclaimed prophet awaiting trial on kidnapping and other charges, “brazenly” used the jailhouse phone system to “engage in sexual discussions with children,” federal prosecutors allege. One of the girls, identified in court papers as…[Continue Reading...]

FLDS polygamist leader faces new charges of kidnapping minors

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Self-proclaimed prophet and polygamist leader Samuel Rappylee Bateman's legal troubles snowballed Thursday as three women charged with kidnapping eight minors were folded into his federal court case and new charges were added. Bateman, who was facing three charges of destruction…[Continue Reading...]

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