Judge Orders Counseling for Kingston

Judge Orders Counseling for Kingston

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WEST JORDAN (AP) -- A Third District judge in West Jordan today decided polygamist John Daniel Kingston has the court's permission to work with his oldest son in one of the family's businesses.

Kingston also is ordered to attend domestic violence prevention counseling as a step toward reuniting him with nine of his children and their mother, Heidi Mattingly.

Last month, Kingston and Mattingly surrendered their parental rights to two teenage daughters.

The girls, ages 17 and 14, are in foster care and have expressed a desire to be adopted.

It was a complaint in 2004 by the two girls that led to Mattingly being ordered by the court to move away from the polygamist group.

The two girls told authorities that Kingston had threatened them with violence after they got their ears pierced against his wishes.

All but one of the couple's children -- an infant whom Mattingly gave birth to during the more than 18 months of proceedings -- were eventually put in temporary state custody.

Except for the two girls, the children have been reunited with Mattingly. But Kingston is still forbidden contact with them, except for working with his teenage son.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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