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Lawsuit Accuses FLDS Church Leaders of Ritualistic Sex Abuse

A new lawsuit accuses polygamous FLDS leader Warren Jeffs and other church leaders of ritualistic sex abuse involving girls as young as 8-years-old.

High-ranking members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) have been accused in a new lawsuit of carrying out a “calculated plan” of ritualistic sexual abuse involving girls as young as 8-years-old.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, molested or otherwise harmed by a member of the Mormon Church or Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

January 4, 2018 – The complaint names as defendants the United Effort Plan Trust, Warren Jeffs, his brothers Lyle Jeffs and Seth Jeffs, former FLDS leader Wendell Nielsen, and the FLDS Church.

Plaintiff alleges that the Jeffs brothers, Nielsen, and other church leaders had sex with underage girls as part of their FLDS beliefs, according to FOX 13. The suit further contends that Warren Jeffs took over as leader of the FLDS after his father, Rulon T. Jeffs, had a stroke in August 1998.

Plaintiff alleges that it was after Warren became head of the church that leaders began ritualistically having sex with young girls in the FLDS Temple and other properties owned by the church.

“Sex with girls, ages eight to 14 years old, was initiated by Warren Jeffs, along with leadership of UEP Trust and the FLDS Church, including the Twelve Apostles of the Church engaging in and witnessing the sexual relations between Warren S. Jeffs, Lyle Jeffs, Seth Jeffs and Wendell LeRoy Nielsen and other John Does viewing, watching, taping, participating in and documenting these sexual encounters with underage girls,” the complaint states.

Suit Alleges Jeffs, FLDS Leaders Molested Young Girls: FOX 13 Video

Plaintiff in the new lawsuit — a 21-year-old woman known only as “R.H.” in court documents — claims that she was given a number and never referred to by her real name during church ceremonies.

“This horrific religious doctrine and religious rituals as performed on plaintiff consisted of plaintiff, beginning at the age of 8, having a bag placed over her head, led out of her house by representatives of the defendants, placed in a vehicle and being driven to an unknown location,” the lawsuit states. “Warren S. Jeffs told (R.H.) that if she told anyone of these encounters, God would destroy her and her family immediately.”

The abuse occurred 5 to 6 times per week until plaintiff says she turned 12. When she was 14-years-old, she was required to witness and document other girls’ ritualistic abuse with church leaders, according to the lawsuit.

Plaintiff is requesting a jury trial, and demands both physical and emotional damages, as well as attorney fees and any other relief as the court deems reasonable.

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