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AZ Prosecutor Promises More Sex-Crimes Prosecutions

AZ Prosecutor Promises More Sex-Crimes Prosecutions



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KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- A prosecutor promises more sex-crimes prosecutions involving men in the northern Arizona polygamous community of Colorado City.

Targeted will be men who have sex with underage girls they've taken in plural marriages.

Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith told county supervisors yesterday that his office has indicted two other Colorado City men in addition to polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs and an unnamed co-defendant.

Smith also said his office would seek indictments against as many as 15 additional men over the next six weeks.

Jeffs heads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, most of whose members live in Colorado City and neighboring Hildale, Utah.

Last Thursday, a Mohave County grand jury indicted Jeffs on charges of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

Jeffs isn't accused of having sex with a minor, only of arranging the marriage of a 16-year-old girl to a 28-year-old married man.

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

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