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New Charges Filed Against Warren Jeffs

New Charges Filed Against Warren Jeffs



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PHOENIX (AP) -- Jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is facing new sex charges in Arizona.

Jeffs, who heads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was indicted by an Arizona grand jury on eight new sex offense counts involving two young women.

Jeffs was served with the new indictments yesterday in his Washington County jail cell. Jeffs is in jail awaiting trial in September on two felony counts of rape as an accomplice related to a 2001 arranged marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her cousin. He's also under federal indictment for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The new Arizona charges also stem from the alleged arrangement of marriages between underage girls and adult men.

The indictment charges Jeffs with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor as an accomplice and two counts of incest as an accomplice in the arrangement of a marriage between a man in his early 50s and the man's 17-year-old female relative.

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

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