Cult Leader Jeffs Sued Over Sexual Assault of Children

Warren Jeffs may be serving life in a Texas prison for his child sexual abuse at his cult compound near El Dorado in the last decade, but he has just been hit with a multi million dollar lawsuit filed by a 21 year old woman who says she was one of his victims, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"Even though Warren Jeffs is in prison, it is my personal beliefs that these occurences continue," attorney Michael Worel said, reading a statement from the plaintiff.

Jeffs, 62, the unchallenged leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, was convicted of sexually abusing young girls as part of his 'religion' and was sentenced to life in prison by a court in San Angelo in 2011.  Much of the abuse took place at what Jeffs called the 'Yearning for Zion Ranch' near the town of El Dorado.

But the lawsuit claims that other leaders of the cult continue the practice, under the guise of religion.

"The systemic sex abuse at the hands of Warren Jeffs and other leaders of the FLDS church from the age of 8 until the age of 14," is how attorney Alan Mortenson  described what the women went through at the Texas compound.

There have been allegations that Jeffs is attempting to retain control over the FLDS from inside his east Texas prison cell, once being stopped by guards while delivering a Christmas Day 'sermon' by telephone to an FLDS gathering.

The lawsuit filed by the woman, who calls herself only 'R.H.' demands that other FLDS leaders who she says continue to sexually assault young girls be 'held accountable' and the property of the FLDS in Texas and Utah be seized and turned over to the victims.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Jeffs is held at the Powledge Medium Security facility in Palestine, and will be first eligible for parole in 2038.


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