SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Five men from a polygamist sect raided
by Texas authorities in April stand accused of sexually assaulting
But The Associated Press reports they're unlikely to be the only
Church documents disclosed as part of a separate child custody
case over the last several months identify at least ten other men
as married to girls who were 16 or younger.
In all, about 20 underage girls, a few as young as 12, are
identified in the documents as married to now-jailed sect leader
Warren Jeffs or one of his followers.
Texas authorities collected more than 400 boxes of documents
from the West Texas ranch of the polygamist group that was raided
The Schleicher County grand jury that recently indicted five men
on sexual assault and a sixth for failing to report abuse -- is set
to reconvene tomorrow.
Underage marriages are not universal within their Fundamentalist
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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