'Sex Bed' for Girls Found in Polygamist Temple

Temple used for sex with underage brides, tipster tells cops
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 4:55 AM CDT
'Sex Bed' for Girls Found in Polygamist Temple
Adults and children, members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, gather beneath a covered porch at one of the structures at their temporary housing .   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – Members of a polygamous cult had sex with underage girls inside the group's temple immediately after "spiritual weddings," according to court documents. Investigators found the bed, described by a tipster, in the temple of the Texas ranch. Men had sex with "brides" as young as 13, reports CNN. Police removed 416 children—including several pregnant girls—after a plea for help last week from a 16-year-old girl who called a hotline.

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She said she had an 8-month-old baby, was pregnant again, and was often beaten by her 50-year-old "husband," authorities said. The teen said she wanted to save her little sister from the same fate. It's not clear if the tipster teen is among the children removed from the ranch. "We believe, but can't confirm, that she is with us and that she's too frightened to come forward," said a state spokeswoman. (Read more polygamy stories.)

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