Polygamist sect trial a rare event in Texas town


Thank you, Info-Sect.  I read this on the web on Saturday but could not get the article copied and pasted into my email.  As Americans watch Canada dealing with the issue of polygamy; likewise, Canadians are watching America—especially Texas where I still say they did it right!  The Eldorado Success newspaper www.myeldorado.net has a chronology of the events surrounding the building of the Yearning for Zion Ranch, the child welfare raid, etc.  The Triple AP  www.TripleAP.com based in Texas also is keeping abreast of the particulars of this case.


Polygamist sect trial a rare event in Texas town

By MICHELLE ROBERTS (AP)  October 24, 2009

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The first jury trial in more than a decade in the sleepy West Texas town of Eldorado involves an alleged polygamist and an accusation of sexual assault of an underage bride, a far cry from the occasional drunken driving cases that normally occupy the Schleicher County court system.

Attorneys on Monday will begin culling the largest jury pool ever called in Eldorado to try to find 14 people in a county of 2,800 who can set aside what they’ve heard about a polygamist sect whose alleged marriages involving underage girls triggered a police raid that swept more than 400 children into state custody last year.

Raymond Jessop, 38, will become the first man from the Yearning For Zion Ranch to go on trial here. He is charged with sexual assault of a child — an underage girl he allegedly married first — and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He is also charged with bigamy for allegedly marrying a second underage girl, but will be tried on that charge separately.

In all, 12 sect men have been charged with crimes ranging from failure to report child abuse to bigamy and sexual assault at the ranch, where women and girls wear braids and pastel prairie dresses. They have all denied wrongdoing.




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