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Texas Police Search Jeffs’ “Polygamist Temple”

From a salivating Associated Press:

Cops peacefully enter polygamist temple

By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer

ELDORADO, Texas – Law enforcement agents entered an enormous temple on the grounds of a polygamist compound, but by Sunday morning they still had not found a 16-year-old girl whose initial report of abuse led to the raid.

“There were some tense moments last night, but everything has remained calm and peaceful and they are continuing their search,” said Allison Palmer, a prosecutor from a nearby county handling the case, early Sunday.

More than 180 women and children were taken Friday and Saturday from the compound built by followers of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, but Marleigh Meisner, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said Sunday that investigators were still trying to determine whether the girl who called authorities last week was among them…

Palmer said Child Protective Services was still trying to identify the 16-year-old, and it wasn’t clear if she was among those being interviewed or was even in the area.

State troopers armed with a search warrant raided the compound on Friday to look for evidence of a marriage between the girl, who allegedly had a baby at 15, and 50-year-old Dale Barlow.

Under Texas law, girls younger than 16 cannot marry, even with parental approval…

Barlow was sentenced to jail time last year after pleading no contest to conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for three years while he is on probation…

Jeffs is jailed in Kingman, Ariz., where he awaits trial for four counts each of incest and sexual conduct with a minor stemming from two arranged marriages between teenage girls and their older male relatives.

In November, he was sentenced to two consecutive sentences of five years to life in prison in Utah for being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl who wed her cousin in an arranged marriage in 2001.

Imagine what a big story this would be if Mr. Romney were still in the running for the Republican presidential nomination.

By the way, can you imagine the Associated Press ever calling a mosque a “polygamist temple”?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 6th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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