Warren Jeffs found guilty of sexual assault
August 4th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Warren Jeffs found guilty of sexual assault

A Texas jury Thursday found polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs guilty of two counts of sexual assault.

Jeffs was charged with sexual assault on a child after a 2008 raid on a ranch near Eldorado, Texas, operated by his church.

Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represented himself in the trial, which started last week. He also faces one count of bigamy, and is expected to be tried on that charge later.

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  1. banasy

    @truth: what?!

    August 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      Lets call him and his other older followers what they are...PEDIFILES!!.. he is just faking this religious jargon as a cover so him and his buddies can go on molesting and raping children!!! Come on people face facts it is children he loves to abuse and does not really care about his so called religion.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jacob

      coolcent. c o m

      August 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. truth

    He has also learned if you are not a minority you can not practice you religion freely in the US.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mooo

    yeah. im a cow. moooooooooo.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @truth:
    It might have gone easier if he didn't practice his "religion" on young girls.
    We have a different word for hat, hence the guilty verdict.

    August 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    *that*

    August 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      You might have a different word for 'hat', too.. I bet he's a 'cap' guy..

      August 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    True dat...

    August 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Louise

    WARREN JEFFS IS GUILTY,GOOD. NOW, HOW ABOUT PROSECUTING THE WOMEN WHO HELD THIS POOR LITTLE TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL DOWN AND LET HIM, THEY NEED TO BE TRIED TOO, SOONER THE BETTER!!!

    August 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Scissorhands 8

      @Louise: Great idea. That might stop these morons with ovaries from repeating their behavior. Speaking of ovaries.. Snip snip. 8<

      August 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      yes, there are also many women who are sickos and probably enjoyed watching the guys with these young children. Don't assume because they are these kids mothers they are all persecuted...I am sure some are but don't kid yourself that there are also some of these mothers who are perverts!! They should also be sent to jail!!

      August 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maria

    @Louise:
    Typing your post in all caps means that you are more right than anyone else.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    all i have to say is:" dummy"!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sandy

    Jesus Christ, the people who comment on CNN.com articles say some of the dumbest things I have ever read.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. excuse you

    Enough already! Mormonism and Christianity aren't the same thing. Mormon teaching goes against what the Bible teaches and Mormonism presents an entirely different Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible. Their doctrins are not the same at all. Study before you speak. That way you will know what you're talking about. To even think of calling Jeffs a Christian turns my stomach! Would love to see just ONE topic discussed without bashing Christians!

    August 5, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Quiet All That Jibba Jabba

      @excuse you: The Bible is chock full of contradictions also. It is a flawed book written by flawed men and Jesus hasn't swooped down from the sky to end disease, war, poverty or crime. In fact Jesus needs all the bad things in order to be needed the same way Batman needs the Joker. If there is no villain then there is no need for a hero. That's why Satan was only banished for a thousand years at a time. You really need to learn some common sense. Whenever a terrorist blows something up I don't see many Christians saying "All Muslims aren't like that", in fact it's used to drum up fear about islam. Basically we're all being played for fools and you're embracing it.

      August 5, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. toes

    I watched a special about mormons on southpark and it didnt say anything about this. Is this guy really a mormon?

    August 5, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dumper thumper

    Does the polygamy thing apply 2 gay marriages? There is a total sausage fest goin on in my compound 😉

    August 5, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rand Burkey

    I was intrigued by comments I have heard that the people are all under mind control on one hand, and on the other hand stating that someone has to be held accountable (primarily the women). As an ex-cult member, and one who has helped in getting others out, I understand the mountain of guilt under which these women live. On one hand, you have women (and men) that have shown complicity on the tapes. They believe that God sanctions this behavior, and on the other side society, stating no it is not. If one believes that mind control exists, (I do) then one must see them as victims. We must then assist them in coming to grips with the behaviors that they did to their children and overcome the guilt associated with their actions. If one does not believe that mind control exists, then the only victims are the children, and they need to be taken away, removed from the environment because it always will perpetuate the abuse.

    I have heard comments by the women members that they did not believe in child abuse and it was not happening. The question that was not asked is what they considered child abuse. I would suggest that they do not in any way consider their use of “water boarding” as abuse. Just as other groups believe that beating children is not abuse because if you “spare the rod, you spoil the child”. The abuse comes if you do NOT do what the prophet tells you and your child would come into their disfavor. The travesty in all of this is we are in a world of sound bite mentality; we are not looking deeper into what is really meant by their words, and there by finding out what they really mean. It is so important to have ex-members and people who have dealt with this issue on the programs, as they help decipher for the public what is really happening

    August 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Montana

    This has been going on too long, it’s a good start but our law enforcement has a long way to go.

    When I was a kid I lived in Utah, and the Boy Scouts was taken over by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). This, so called religion, practices underage polygamy, they send the boy s off on missions to divide the underage sisters among the dirty old men of the clan. Now when these underage girls get pregnant, these same dirty old men, send them to the state to get their welfare checks . You should see some of the palace homes that are paid with welfare checks. By the way this is the newest religion that was created right here in United States of America.

    When someone hides behind religion to do or say something that is wrong we should stand up and point it out (right the wrong).

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iisl-xH3Xs&w=640&h=360]

    August 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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