The sentencing phase of Warren Jeffs, prophet of the FLDS fundamentalist polygamy sect, sat outside of the courtroom Saturday, as he proclaimed he was God and that he did not want to hear his religion degraded.
His nephew, Brent Jeffs, 28, testified that his uncle raped him when he was 5, and his niece testified that Warren Jeffs raped her when she was 7 years old, according to CNN. Experts had speculated that the sentencing phase would see more victims coming out and appearing in court.
The irony of the Warren Jeffs trial is that he has a following of 10,000 people in his church. This is scary when you realize that many of these “followers” have been indoctrinated with his crazy “religion” since they were children. They may not understand that this is not religion it is sexual assault and abuse.
Warren Jeffs could be imprisoned for life with just the two guilty charges in Texas. Many hope this will open the door for authorities to go back into the compound and help the children in the compound. Social workers who had interviewed the children from the “ranch” cried when a judge ruled last year that they had to go back to the “ranch” owned by Jeffs FLDS group.
Authorities in Texas are investigating that many of the so-called wives are collecting welfare and aid to infants and children who live on the ranch. Women who have husbands who can give support for the children are not allowed to collect money from the state when the father can be named and offer support. This may be the way to prove fraud by this “religion” and break up this compound.
Praise for the authorities in Texas for taking these steps to protect the children and to stop the abuses against the children.
- Warren Jeffs Trial: Polygamist Leader Ruled With Heavy Hand, Witnesses Say (huffingtonpost.com)
- Jeffs’ brother will take over: Ex-FLDS member – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- Warren Jeffs Ruled With Heavy Hand Jurors Told in Sentencing Phase of Trial – KCSG (news.google.com)