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Warren Jeffs' Panting 'Sex Tape' Played for Jurors

Cult leader utters 12-year-old 'bride's' name in heavy-breathing audio
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2011 2:41 AM CDT
Updated Aug 4, 2011 6:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – A panting "sex tape" of polygamist Warren Jeffs allegedly raping his 12-year-old "spiritual bride" while uttering her name was played for a Utah jury yesterday before prosecutors rested their bigamy and sex assault case against the cult leader. As the tape ends, Jeffs proclaims: "In the name of Jesus Christ." At least one juror was seen wiping her eyes, and several covered their mouths in apparent shock as the tape was played, reports the Daily Mail. Documents presented in evidence to the jury showed that after the sex, Jeffs wrote that the girl "experienced the heavenly session; she felt the all consuming fire of heaven," reports Reuters.

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The tape followed two earlier ones in which Jeffs, 55, advises his young "sister wives" that they must work together to please him sexually. After the tape was played, the polygamy cult leader entered the entire Book of Mormon into evidence. Jeffs is claiming he has a religious right to multiple, underage wives, which will bring him "exaltation" in heaven. The tapes, preserved by Jeffs as "priestly records," were seized in a 2008 raid on the Yearning for Zion polygamist compound in Texas, according to prosecutors. He faces up to 119 years in prison if convicted of the numerous charges against him. (Read more Warren Jeffs stories.)

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