Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Authorities found wedding bed in temple, affidavit states

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Teen bride identifies suspect as 'spiritual' husband

An affidavit says "Sarah," 16, said Dale Evans Barlow, shown in 2005, beat her and forced her to have sex.

The 16-year-old girl whose phone calls led to a raid on a polygamist compound in Texas identified Dale Evans Barlow as the man who she said beat, choked and sexually assaulted her after their "spiritual marriage," according to a court document unsealed Wednesday.
including a bed inside the group's temple that adult men used to have sex with underage girls immediately after wedding ceremonies.
The document said the 16-year-old, whom state officials call Sarah, identified her husband as a 49-year-old named Dale Barlow.
the girl said she has an 8-month-old child and is pregnant again.

She said another of Barlow's "spiritual wives" would hold her infant child while he beat her.

The ranch is run by Warren Steed Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).
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