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Ousted FLDS Man Reunites With His Mother

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A teen who claims he was kicked out of the FLDS church and filed a lawsuit to force the church's leader to reconnect him to his family has finally been reunited with his mother.

The attorney for 18-year-old Johnny Jessop told the Deseret Morning News his client met with his mother last month, and spent a half-day with her in St. George. In the lawsuit, Jessop demanded polygamous leader Warren Jeffs reveal the location of his mother, Elsi Jessop. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the defense says one of Jessop's brothers called him and arranged the meeting.

Although Jessop plans to see his mother a lot more, his attorney says he will NOT drop the lawsuit against Jeffs. Jessop says FLDS leaders took his mother and siblings and "reassigned" them to live with another man back in 1998. When he was 13, the lawsuit says Jeffs ordered Jessop to leave the polygamous communities of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.


Information from: Deseret Morning News.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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