FLDS ranch leader indicted

November 24, 2008 1:55:21 PM PST
The bishop overseeing a polygamist sect's west Texas ranch is among those who have been indicted. The Texas Attorney General's office says Fredrick 'Merril' Jessop was indicted on a charge of conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor. The 72-year-old was believed to be the bishop overseeing the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado.

One of his wives left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Utah and has written a best-selling book about her experience.

Texas prosecutors identified two other men who were indicted by a grand jury on Nov. 12.

Wendell Loy Nielsen was charged with bigamy and Leroy Johnson Steed was charged with sexual assault of a child and bigamy.

All three men have turned themselves into authorities.

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