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FLDS leader Samuel Bateman, 10 others indicted in AZ sex crimes case

A new 53 felony federal indictment against the Arizona-based polygamous fundamentalist cult and its leader Samuel Bateman has revealed puzzling new details.

The Arizona Federal Attorney’s Office currently has Bateman, a self-proclaimed prophet of the splinter group of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and 10 others sexually assault nine girls ages 9 to 17 in court. accused of adding The time the alleged crime was committed.

Federal prosecutors launched broad-based indictments on May 18, replacing more limited indictments against Bateman and three of his followers. The latest court filings, which named 11 defendants, show the broader scope of the lawsuit and the more serious allegations.

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