A polygamist sect member arrested following last year's raid of a west Texas ranch was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting an underage girl with whom he had entered into a "spiritual" marriage, the state's attorney general said.
Texas child welfare officials have asked a judge to order a teenage member of a polygamous sect to let them take DNA from her infant so they can determine the father's identity, according to court documents filed in the case.
Texas child welfare officials on Tuesday asked a court to order foster care for eight children at a polygamous compound, saying their mothers have refused to limit the children's contact with men suspected of being involved in underage marriages.
A teenage girl removed from a polygamist sect's compound can be released to her guardian, a judge ruled, as long as she's kept away from a person accused of abusing her, and from her father, sect leader Warren Jeffs.
British Columbia's attorney general has ordered a third investigation into the Canadian branch of a polygamous sect -- even though the first two such efforts failed over questions about whether polygamy is illegal in Canada.
Pictures showing the leader of a polygamist sect kissing a girl who appears to be a minor have been introduced into evidence in the legal battle over the seizure of more than 400 children from the sect's Texas ranch.