Aug 4, 2011 5:20 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A coalition of Utah polygamous groups is denouncing the alleged acts of sexual assault that have surfaced during the Texas trial of sect leader Warren Jeffs.
The Principle Rights Coalition represents five polygamous churches, along with others who practice polygamy but are unaffiliated with any church.
In a statement Thursday, the coalition says its members are devastated that abuse would be perpetrated under the cloak of their religion.
The statement was issued as a Texas jury is deliberating in Jeffs' trial on sexual assault charges for alleged wrongdoings with underage girls from his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Jeffs pleaded not guilty to the charges and represented himself.
The coalition says it supports the prosecution of those from polygamous groups who perpetrate crimes on children.
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