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. meela dark

    YES!!! Some justice!

    August 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yada

    Agree! Justice at last!

    August 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PCSKI

    Jeffs should have built his compound in Florida , he'd be free now

    August 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kemek

    about time! this guy needs get the same treatment in jail. send him to some west Hollywood prison.. the sad part about this, is how corrupted most of the midwest is, allot of 'christians/mormons/catholics/unprofessed" people get away with much worse things than this. and its all too fun to watch when its people with power.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • teej

      @ Kemek

      That is impressively uninformed, unfounded, and inaccurate all at the same time. Bravo. I also like how you add "unprofessed" to the wholesale group that you slander.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dear Judge

    Please have this animal castrated before he is released back into the public, which he most certainly will be. Thank you.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry Mama

      It would be even better if they put him in with the general population of the jail... problem solved.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dear Judge

      @Angry Mama: I personally think we should abolish the death penalty and insti tute a way of housing the worst of the worst in one big holding area and let them fight among themselves over toiletries and food. We can give the schmexx offenders gender transforming surgeries so they can be the rest of the prisoner's play things and property. True justice. We can show this to at risk youths and current offenders of minor infractions as a deterrent. Problem solved.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. justin

    Duh! They had a lot of evidence.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Thanks San Angelo, Tx jury for doing the right thing! 2 counts & the bigamy charges will put Jeffs out of commission for a while, maybe long enough to find other illegal activity to charge him with, because he needs to stay in prison! Now might also be the time to take a look at how s.e.x.ual predators are treated by the penal system, particularly child molesters! Texas tried chemical castration in the 90's, but for some reason it was taken off the table as a control method, & nothing has been tried in its place! Locking them up only stops the mayhem for a while, it is not a solution! Hope they find 1 before Jeffs release!!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yada

    @kemek....Keepur Evil Minded Emissions Kiddo!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Now what about all the mothers who allowed and condoned his (ahem)marriages to thier little girls ?

    August 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      The whole kit AND kibootle should be locked up. And don't shirk your responsibilities, christians. He is as much a christian as bin laden was a muslim.

      Many of you blame all muslims for the actions of a few – that's a double-edged sword...

      August 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gumby

    @raven. Right? I feel the mothers should be charged with child abuse or neglect.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

    Polygamy, polyandry, group marriage, gay, lesbian as well as other marital arrangements have never worked ever at any time and in any society.
    They need to take the Warren Jeffs of society, line 'em up along a fence, and well, put and end to it all.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Debbie

    I hope child services and law enforcement go and check on these two girls to make sure they are all right. They might
    be blamed and punished for this guilty verdict and nobody would want that.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mel

    Thankful that Warren Jeffs is convicted for the terrible crimes against humanity that his selfish cult lifestyle brought into this world. God Bless America and its justice system.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. truth

    Warren has learned if you do not be a good ant you will be squashed. If you are not a good cog in the machine you will be destroyed by the government.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    @Jeff Frank:
    You had to throw in your disapproval of gay marriage into this?

    Warren Jeffs is where he should be.
    I agree with raven, gumby, and Debbie,

    August 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
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