Polygamous Sect’s Possible Expansion in South Dakota
The Associated Press in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s article “South Dakotans fear controversial polygamous sect is expanding” The Guardian, 19 March 2015 (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/19/south-dakota-fear-polygamous-sect-expanding-warren-seth-jeffs) discusses how Seth Jeff’s, the brother of convict Warren Jeffs, is hoping to increase the polygamous sect’s water availability by twice of what it is now. This possibility is causing citizens residing outside the sect to become worried that the compound plans on expanding. Jeffs reassures law enforcements that the FLDS needs the increase in water for their gardens, animals and for other items on the compound. Though Jeffs has made this statement about “just needing more water”, there has been evidence given by the state’s attorney general, Marty Jackley. Jackley is somewhat informed of the construction and permit requests at the compound; these activities lead to the idea that there must be some form of expansion planning to take place. The possibility of expansion of the FLDS compound in South Dakota worries many of the citizens in the surrendering area due to the fairly recent convictions of the groups leader, Warren Jeffs.
Warren Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The FLDS Church is the largest corporation in North America that partakes in the practice of polygamy. This branch of the LDS Church came about when the church eliminated polygamy, and members who practiced it, from the church. Jeffs is known to have had nearly eighty wives, twenty-four of which were underage. In 2006 he was the 482nd criminal to be added to the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was convicted of numerous crimes such as, multiple counts of accomplice rape, sexual assault, illegal marriage of child brides, incest and other sex chargers involving minors. He has been sentenced to life in prison plus twenty years with possible parole in 2038. A raid that took place in 2008 of one of the FLDS compounds was put into action to remove underage children that were possible victims of physical and sexual assault. Over the several days the raid took place 439 underaged children were taken from the compound and left in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The residents in the surrounding area of this compound have, in my opinion, every right to be worried about the possible expansion of the polygamous sect. The fact that the leader of this religious group has been detained due to convictions of multiple counts of sexual assault to minors, along with several other men being sentenced with similar charges, would worry anyone. Many of the families in that area are sure to be exceptionally concerned about the safety of their children being in such close proximity to people that are capable of committing such monstrous deeds.
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