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Legal spotlight — polygamy

A look at polygamists who garnered nationwide attention for their controversial beliefs.

The False Prophet, Warren Jeffs

On August 28, 2006, a highway patrol officer arrested Mormon polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs during a traffic stop in Nevada. Jeffs, a self-proclaimed prophet, was on the run from charges of rape by accomplice after being accused of sanctioning arranged marriages with children, pedophilia, incest, and child slavery.

Today in Crime History: Police Obtain a Warrant to Arrest Roch Thériault

Roch Thériault’s cult began as a health clinic that shunned modern medicine and disintegrated into a violent horrorshow that went unnoticed until a severely injured member escaped and told authorities of the deaths and mutilations that occurred. On August 19, 1989, police arrived at his cabin to arrest him, but Thériault was nowhere to be found.

PHOTOS: Polygamist Sect Leader Warren Jeffs and his Child Brides

Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints president Warren Jeffs landed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in 2006 when he fled the state of Utah to avoid prosecution for performing illegal marriages between adult men and underage brides. According to evidence presented in court, Jeffs had child brides of his own.

VIDEO: The Jailhouse Confession of ‘False Prophet’ Warren Jeffs

Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints president Warren Jeffs landed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in 2006 when he fled the state of Utah to avoid prosecution for performing illegal marriages between adult men and underage brides. After his arrest, Jeffs was visited in jail by his brother Nephi. During their conversation, Jeffs confessed to Nephi that he was never the true prophet.

Today in Crime History: Polygamist Sect Leader Warren Jeffs Arrested

On August 28, 2006, a highway patrol officer arrested Mormon polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs during a traffic stop in Nevada. Jeffs, a self-proclaimed prophet, was on the run from charges of rape by accomplice after being accused of arranging marriages between adult men and underage girls.

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