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July 12, 2005
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Eight men, including a former PO, indicted in polygamous Ariz. community

The Associated Press

COLORADO CITY, Ariz.- Eight members of a polygamous community were indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and conspiracy, prosecutors said.

One of the men was arrested Friday, while the others turned themselves in on Monday. One of the men is a former police officer, who was previously convicted of bigamy and illegal sex with a teenage girl he had taken as a third wife.

Colorado City and neighboring Hildale, Utah, are dominated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sect that broke away from the Mormon church and still practices polygamy.

The church has come under increasing pressure from authorities in Utah and Arizona.

Utah attorneys have succeeded in wresting control of a trust away from church leaders after raising concerns that leaders would sell off residents' homes. Most of the property in the communities was controlled by the church trust.

Also, the church's reclusive leader, Warren Jeffs, was charged in Arizona in early June with counts that include conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He remains a fugitive.

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