Polygamist Gets 33 Years for Girl's Sex Abuse

Texas sect leader 2nd to be convicted of charges
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2009 2:06 AM CST
Polygamist Gets 33 Years for Girl's Sex Abuse
Allan Eugene Keate (left) talks outside the Schleicher County Courthouse in Eldorado, Texas, earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – A leader of a Texas polygamist sect has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for child sex abuse after "marrying" and impregnating a 15-year-old girl. Allan Eugene Keate, 57, is the second man so far convicted of the charges among those who were busted after the headline-grabbing roundup of residents last year at the Yearning for Zion Ranch.

Prosecutors relied on compound documents of the Mormon splinter group detailing men's "spiritual marriages" to girls to make their case. Records indicated Keate had 7 wives, reports AP. (Read more Yearning for Zion ranch stories.)

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