Accused FLDS Rapist Gets 30 Days
Allen Steed's testimony helped convict polygamist Warren Jeffs
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 21, 2011 1:26 AM CST
Allen Steed, an accused rapist married to his victim, testifies as a defense witness against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, Pool)

(Newser) – A member of a breakaway Mormon polygamy sect who admitted having sex with his child bride will serve just 30 days in jail as part of a Utah plea deal. Allen Steed was initially charged with first-degree felony rape for bedding his 14-year-old first cousin. He could have faced life in prison if convicted. Instead, he pleaded guilty to solemnizing another prohibited marriage in the FLDS sect, headed by Warren Jeffs. Steed's testimony helped convict Jeffs of sex charges and bigamy, though that conviction was overturned on appeal. Steed's one-time bride lashed the "magnitude of the scars" she will always grapple with, but said she believes Steed was also "a victim" of Jeffs and his power, reports ABC News.