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Man Sentenced for Bigamy Denies Polygamous Relationship

Man Sentenced for Bigamy Denies Polygamous Relationship



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BRIGHAM CITY (AP) -- A man sentenced to jail on charges of bigamy says his relationship with a 16-year-old girl was not polygamous.

Gerald Paul Roskelley was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for felony counts of forcible sex abuse, bigamy and unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old.

But his attorney says he and his wife deny that Roskelley was a polygamist.

Court records show the girl says she and Roskelley entered into a "spiritual marriage." The pair were caught by police engaging in a sex act in the back of a truck.

Roskelley pleaded guilty to three of the charges in April, but for the bigamy charge, he entered an "Alford plea." That means he did not admit to the crime, but acknowledged that the court has sufficient evidence to convict him of the charge.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

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

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