Convicted polygamist leader's phone use suspended

January 4, 2012 9:04:50 AM PST
Texas prison officials have suspended indefinitely the phone privileges of convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs while they investigate whether he violated rules with improper telephone calls on Christmas Day.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says Jeffs is blocked from making any calls through the prison phone system pending the outcome of the investigation that's likely to wind up in the next week or so.

Jeffs is serving life at an East Texas prison for sexually assaulting two of his underage brides. The charges stemmed from a raid at a West Texas ranch that's home to followers of his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Officials believe his Christmas Day calls were broadcast to a church audience and that's a violation of phone rules.