Meet Merrill Leroy Jessop. Mr. Jessop is a member of the polygamist cult the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS. Merrill Leroy Jessop is one of 12 [the Dirty Dozen] who were charged with child sexual assault as a result of evidence gathered during the raid on the Yearning For Zion ranch in Texas.
His trial began Monday. He is #4 of the 12 cases in the trial lineup. Merrill Leroy Jessop, 35, is charged with a first-degree felony, punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Following are the criminal penalties handed out to the first 3:
Raymond Merril Jessop was tried over 12 days on charges of sexual assault. The jury returned a guilty verdict and imposed a sentence of 10 years in prison and an $8,000 fine.
Allan Eugene Keate was sentenced to 33 years in Texas state prison after the jury deliberated for only five hours. He was found guilty on a charge of sexual abuse of a child.
Michael George Emack pled no contest to sexual assault charges and was sentenced to seven years in prison. This came about because he married a 16-year-old at YFZ Ranch on August 5, 2004. She would give birth to a son less than a year later.
Just 8 trials to go, including Dr. Lloyd Hammon Barlow, the cult’s doctor who is charged with failure to report the child sexual abuse, and the leader of the FLDS, Warren S. Jeffs.
Thank you Texas for having the guts to go where Utah and Arizona would not. After 150 years of these Mormons practicing the ‘lots of young chicks’ doctrine to create a Celestial Kingdom, Texas has stepped up to prosecute these crimes and human rights violations. The new FLDS compound: The Cell O Steel Kingdom.
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