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Warren Jeffs retakes control of FLDS while awaiting trial on sexual assault

Warren Jeffs has been in prison since being arrested in 2006 during a crackdown within communities mostly populated by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The FLDS is a sect that broke off from the Mormon Church over its belief in the practice of polygamy. Law enforcement officers arrested Jeffs, the leader and "prophet," of the FLDS for sex crimes charges and bigamy. Other members were arrested in crackdowns in Arizona, Utah and Texas for charges related to child marriages, fraud and bigamy.

Jeffs was found guilty of rape as an accomplice in 2007, but the conviction was later overturned by Utah's supreme court. Jeffs was later extradited to Texas and is currently awaiting trial there on charges of aggravated sexual assault and bigamy. According to USA Today, Jeffs gave up his position as business head of the FLDS after his conviction for rape as accomplice, but he has since taken over as corporate president again and has kicked some 30 powerful men out of the church.

The man who temporarily took over as corporation president of the FLDS, Wendell Nielson, has been ex-communicated. Also kicked out of the church are the current mayor of Colorado City, Arizona, and the former mayor of Hildale, Utah, both towns populated mostly by members of the FLDS. Former FLDS members who are still in contact with current FLDS members told USA Today that Jeffs told them via phone from prison that he had a dream that a man was going to try to take over as prophet of the church.


Jailed sect leader retakes legal control of church (USA Today)

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