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Warren Jeffs arraigned in Texas on sex charges

Warren Jeffs arraigned in Texas on sex charges
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 6:42pm

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has
been arraigned in Texas after being quietly extradited from Utah to
face trial on bigamy and sexual assault charges.

Jeffs was in a West Texas courtroom Wednesday for the hearing.

The Texas Attorney General's Office says Jeffs wasn't asked to
enter a plea and told the judge he needed time to find a lawyer.

The 54-year-old Jeffs leads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints. His first trial is scheduled for Jan.
24.

The charges stem from a 2008 raid of the Yearning For Zion Ranch
in Eldorado, where authorities seized more than 400 children and
put them in state custody on suspicion of abuse. Most were
eventually returned.

Several sect members have already been convicted on sexual abuse
charges.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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