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Girls forced into sex at temple, documents say

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Young teenage girls at a polygamist compound in West Texas were required to have sex in a temple after they were married in sect-recognized unions, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

The temple "contains an area where there is a bed where males over the age of 17 engage in sexual activity with female children under the age of 17," said an affidavit quoting a confidential informant who left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The FLDS broke away from the Mormon church after the latter disavowed polygamy a century ago.

The temple also contained multiple locked safes, vaults and desk drawers that authorities sought access to as they searched for records showing alleged marriages of underage girls as young as 12 or 13 to older men and births among the teens. The affidavit unsealed Wednesday mentions a 16-year-old who has four children.

Texas law prohibits polygamy and the marriage of girls under 16.

The Texas Department of Public Safety completed a weeklong search Wednesday of the 1,700-acre grounds, spokeswoman Tela Mange said.

FLDS lawyers had wanted to end the search but agreed in court Wednesday to the appointment of a special master who will vet what is expected to be hundreds of boxes of records, computers and family Bibles for records that should not become evidence for legal or religious reasons.

Girls forced into sex at temple, documents say 04/09/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:26am]
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