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Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Gets Life in Prison For Sexually Assaulting Underage Followers

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Way to give the Mormons a bad name, Jeffs!

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who is the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), was sentenced to life in prison today for "sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed 'spiritual marriages.'" Awful!

Specifically, Jeffs was accused of fathering a child with a 15-year-old, and he was also accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old. The prosecution were able to prove his guilt through DNA evidence. Sickening.

To give you a bit of background, the FLDS is a radical sect that derived from mainstream Mormonism, and the group believes that polygamy is the key to entering heaven. This group currently has over 10,000 followers.

During the trial, Jeffs tried to argue that his "religious rights were being violated," but of course that didn't fly.

Here's what prosecutor Eric Nichols said in response during his closing argument:

"The evidence in this case shows that this isn't a prosecution of a people. This is a prosecution to protect people."

We're just glad that this terrible man got exactly what he had coming to him!

Our thoughts go out to those poor children who have been abused by Jeffs. We hope that the outcome of this case will spur a larger change with believers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who have been negatively influenced by this morally bankrupt man.

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38 comments to “Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Gets Life in Prison For Sexually Assaulting Underage Followers”



  1. 1

    Good! Now he will know what it's like to have sex forced on him (just like he did to that little 12 year-old girl).



  2. 2

    The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if alcohol controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.
    If they try to ruin your reputation and break up your family for trying to get out then they are a cult!-
    Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles go door to door and come on our property.
    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses suppress evidence when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation.Whenever you surrender your logic and reason to anyone who asks you to trust them because they know better it's possibly a cult.
    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….
    -
    Danny Haszard



  3. 3

    FINALLY! SOMEBODY gets what is coming to them! This sicko is a pedophile and leads the way for other pedophiles masked in religion. When the child turns into an adult, they're called by God to find another child to molest.



  4. 4

    Re: XraySpex
    Amen!



  5. 5

    justice done
    lock the door
    throw away the key
    forget about him!



  6. 6

    He should have known that his religious beliefs, as he says, still doesn't put him above the law. Even Jesus said 'give Caesar what is his'



  7. 7

    The prison population don't cotton to child molestors. They have their own special code and treatment. There's a new fish in town. They'll end up making him a girl to survive the prison. He'll be on female hormones and growing boobies in the next year or two.



  8. 8

    I DO hope you understand the the FLDS is not the LDS. The majority of the Mormons in the world belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latterday- Saints.
    There are OTHER sects out there calling themselves Mormon. Good Mormons are too frequently painted in a bad light by people not understanding this very important distinction.

  9. Jai says – reply to this


    9

    This man sickens me. He is the worst kind of human predator and deserves the sentence he received.



  10. 10

    I'm glad they got this guy. He does give mormons a bad name. Perez is similar in his beliefs of fawning over underage boys and girls. It is ironic because he gives all gays a bad name. One pedo criticizes another. Too funny



  11. 11

    Good! Lock him up and throw away the key. I find it disgusting that people do sick things and hide behind religion to justify their actions.
    Re: rickraton – It's unfortunate that a few fundamentalists tarnish the reputations of everyone else in that religion. It's happened to Muslims, Christians and Mormons far too often.



  12. 12

    Have fun eating ass in prison warrenina.



  13. 13

    The sad thing is that his followers will still see him as their chosen prophet, and consider his abuse of children to be misunderstood by outsiders, and ordained by god. The brainwashing and coercion is very deep rooted. And for those people who think that polygamy is ok if it is between consenting adults - please consider that there is a difference between 'consent' and 'coercion'.



  14. 14

    Re: rickraton – THANK YOU! That's what I was going to say. The FLDS church is NOT the same thing as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And that's the church that most "Mormons" belong to. Just a few whackos out there.



  15. 15

    Hopefully, he will use his time in prison to reflect and make positive changes.
    .
    It happens all the time.
    .
    Many people who go to prison become vegetarians. I hear they serve a fine 'tossed salad' in The Big House.



  16. 16

    This trial was held where I live. I live about 4 blocks from the courthouse. It was madness here. On top of that…3 months of 100+ weather and no rain. We also have red water. I'm glad I did not get picked for this jury because they would have had to not pick me. I would have said up front that the bailiffs protect their guns because I would have shot him myself! It is abhorrent to use religion to justify your predatory pedophile ways.



  17. 17

    Re: Mel354 – And, unfortunately, all Christians are painted this way. There are some very good people out there who get blasted because of the nutso extremists.



  18. 18

    fabulous - now rot in there you disgusting excuse for a human being.



  19. 19

    Kill someone and you're out in 5-10 years. Screw a tween and you're gone for life? Does that even make any sense? I'm not trying to diminish the crime, but the punishment seems way out of line for the crime by comparison.



  20. 20

    Re: *Sloane – Exactly but shame they can't castrate him first.



  21. 21

    I hope his fellow inmates make him a spiritual husband



  22. 22

    Florida take note.



  23. 23

    How could he be giving Mormons a bad name? HE'S NOT MORMON! He's FLDS, which is as different from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Southern Baptists are to Catholics.



  24. 24

    Um, clarification point - Warren Jeffs IS NOT MORMON! He is FLDS, which is a completely different religion than the LDS/Mormon church. Yes, the FLDS church is a spin off of Mormonism. However, it is a completely separate religion. The LDS religion does not support most of the teachings of the FLDS church, such as polygamy, underage marriage, and other acts that Jeffs defended as his religious right.



  25. 25

    Re: Deadwing – I disagree. You have to remember that his actions have traumatized and most likely ruined the lives of those poor girls, not to mention many others who blindly followed him. Yes, I do believe that taking a life deserves the death penalty or life in prison but I think that Jeff's crimes are just as heinous and the punishment fits the crime, in my opinion. Re: EllenB – He gives Mormons a bad name because there are a lot of people who are not aware that the FLDS sect is NOT affiliated in any way shape or form with Mormons. Many people believe there is a connection between the two because in the very beginning of the Mormon church for a short time, polygamy was practiced. However, today, polygamy is forbidden and if practiced would lead to excommunication.



  26. 26

    perez I do love your site but just so you know I grew up morman I am a gay man so you know how that story ended. To my point warren jeffs was not a morman at least not a real morman its a whole other jacked morman sub group. In no way is he labled as a true morman so please remember to do you homework thatnk you. keep up the great work :)



  27. 27

    They don't like pedos in prison–his number will be up soon.



  28. 28

    This guy disgusts me. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be in the jury… and forced to listen to tapes of him having sex with children and instructing them to do things with each other. This guy deserves whats coming to him.



  29. 29

    Re: vanhelsing bride
    great suggestion–thanks!!



  30. 30

    Re: rickraton – Mormons used to not let black people become Mormon. Mormons believe black people will serve them in heaven. Mormons abhor homosexuality. No, not FLDS but pretty bad imo.



  31. 31

    And now I pray to GOD that this pervert gets tossed into the general population where he can be raped and have the shit beat out of him on a daily basis. All in the name of GOD, of course.



  32. 32

    Re: LisaRose – HAHAHA I am laughing hysterically at your comment because of how embarrassingly WRONG it is! Everything you wrote is completely false. You need to get your head out of your ass and check your facts before you open your ignorant uneducated mouth.

  33. @v@ says – reply to this


    33

    He thought the laws of the land concerning underage girls didn't apply to him due to his twisted and delusional sense of religious omniscience. Warren Jeffs, meet reality.



  34. 34

    Not "accused" — he was CONVICTED. There's a difference.
    .
    And not "followers" — they are children. There's a BIG difference!!



  35. 35

    IT DOESNT REALLY GIVE MORMONS A BAD NAME, IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT PRIMITIVE PEOPLE ARE EASILY LED ASTRAY. NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THEY COME FROM A LONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG LINE OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE "FOLLOWED" JOSEPH SMITH'S TEACHINGS. ALL IT TOOK WAS ONE M EFFER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT!!AND FOR XRAYSPEX TO THINK THAT HE WILL NOW KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE SEX FORCED ON HIM, WON'T HAPPEN. HE WILL BE PROTECTED AND ISOLATED FROM THE GENERAL POPULATION. SO YOU SEE THERE IS REALLY NO INCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE LIKE HIM TO ………..N-O-T……….. DO WHAT HE DID. UNDERSTAND?
    T



  36. 36

    DADDY GONNA HAVE ROD UP HIS ARSE, REAL SOON !



  37. 37

    Re: Deadwing – I think it's because he's a serial rapist and a religious leader who teaches that serial raping is okay and expected. If you're convicted of second degree murder it's true, you'll be out in less time. However, this guy murdered the innocent girls by taking their minds but leaving their lives. He's the worst kind of predator. Hiding behind religion.



  38. 38

    why did it take so long? seriously? are we living in the 1800's? pathetic wait! that justice decision gave me a little bit of hope in the mankind…