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Arizona polygamous sect leader Samuel Bateman will represent himself in trial

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — While the infamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints religious leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life in prison years ago on child sex abuse charges related to underage marriages, another man, Samuel Bateman,…[Continue Reading...]

Body Snatcher: Cult Leader Samuel Bateman Convinced His Wives To Brazenly Kidnap Underage Victims From Arizona Foster Homes

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Crazed cult leader Samuel Bateman convinced loyal spouses to allegedly kidnap eight of his underage “wives” from the custody of Arizona Department of Child Safety, RadarOnline.com has learned. The brazen plot was allegedly hatched by Bateman, 47, in November 2022…[Continue Reading...]

‘Mormon prophet’ cult leader forced children as young as nine to be wives

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A sick 'Mormon prophet' cult leader is accused of forcing children as young as nine to be his wives. Samuel Bateman, 46, from Arizona, US, has been charged with 51 felonies for transporting children across state lines to facilitate sexual…[Continue Reading...]

Arizona polygamist sect leader pleads not guilty in new underage-sex indictment

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An Arizona polygamist sect leader and three of his followers pled not guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to charges against them in a 55-count federal indictment alleging the sexual coercion of underage girls. All four remain in custody…[Continue Reading...]

Case against polygamous sect leader widens with child pornography charges

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SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors have widened their case against the leader of a small polygamous group that resides near the Utah-Arizona border, adding child pornography charges and detailing his sexual encounters with children he took as wives in new…[Continue Reading...]

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...]

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...]

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