Eldorado Sect Has Branch in South Dakota

No abuse allegations, but police wonder about 'locked-down operation'
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 11:38 AM CDT
Eldorado Sect Has Branch in South Dakota
Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are assisted by law enforcement officials in this file photo.    (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The polygamous sect currently under investigation in Eldorado, Texas, has a sister compound in Pringle, SD—and it's making locals queasy, USA Today reports. The Pringle compound was started by the same leader in 2003, and is valued over $4.5 million. "They don't just open their doors," says the local sheriff, adding that there have been no abuse allegations. "It's a locked-down operation."

"People say if (polygamy) is happening down there, it's happening up here," Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said, but "it's like anybody's residence. We have to have probable cause to go in." (Read more polygamy stories.)

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