Mormon Cult Leader Had 20 ‘Wives’ Young As 9, Married Own Daughter

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At a glance

  • According to the FBI, an accused polygamist cult leader in Arizona had 20 wives, including underage girls and one who was possibly his own daughter.
  • The affidavit described Bateman as a cult leader with “approximately 50 followers and over 20 wives, many of whom are minors, mostly under the age of 15,” the FBI said.
  • One of the girls was reported to be 9 years old.

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