Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), was sentenced to life plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two girls, ages 15 and 12. CNN reported:
Jeffs perverted his position as the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to “satisfy his own personal appetites and desires,” prosecutor Eric Nichols said.
Those appetites included forcing sex on the two girls, 12 and 15, who he had taken as wives, prosecutors said.
Audiotapes seized from his car and the church’s Yearning For Zion Ranch compound in Eldorado, Texas, and played for jurors during his trial, depicted Jeffs offering “celestial marriage” instructions to the young wives, according to prosecutors.
“You have to know how to be sexually excited and to help each other … and you have to be ready for the time I need your comfort,” a man’s voice says. “This is your mission. This is how you abide the law.
At one point, the man says, “Take your clothes off. Do it right now,” followed by the sounds of crying.
“Just don’t think about the pain; you’re going to heaven,” the man says.
“Rarely if ever in the criminal justice system in Texas have we ever encouraged a person such as Warren Jeffs, whose criminal conduct spans decades, multiple jurisdictions and hundreds of victims,” Nichols said.
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