Polygamist leader Jeffs indicted again in Mohave County

KINGMAN - The spiritual leader of the polygamist sect based out of Colorado City and Hildale, Utah, has been indicted on new sex charges in Mohave County.

Warren Steed Jeffs, 51, has been indicted by two separate Mohave County grand juries on additional charges to 2005 cases involving two separate victims, Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith said in a news release Thursday.

Jeffs, the religious leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was first indicted on May 10 on two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of incest. He was later indicted by a separate Mohave County grand jury on June 21 for two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of incest.

Both indictments alleged Jeffs was an accomplice to the crimes beginning in May 1, 2002, the last incident alleged to have occurred Sept. 1, 2003, in Colorado City. Jeffs faces a maximum of two years in prison on each sexual conduct with a minor charge, a class 6 felony, and three years nine months in prison on each incest charge, a class 4 felony. All of the charges are probation eligible.

Jeffs was served with the indictments this week in his jail cell in Hurricane, Utah. He currently is in custody awaiting trial for two felony counts of rape as an accomplice. Smith said Jeffs would not come to Mohave County to face these charges or to have an initial appearance on them until his Utah case is resolved.

Jeffs is also under federal indictment for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.