Affidavit claims sect used temple to introduce girls to sex

The temple inside a polygamous sect's outpost was used by husbands when they had sex for the first time with their new underage wives, according to an affidavit released Wednesday by Texas officials.

The search and arrest warrant affidavit said the temple at the YFZ Ranch “contains an area where there is a bed where males over the age of seventeen engage in sexual activity with female children under the age of seventeen.”

The affidavit, which was signed by Department of Public Safety investigator Leslie Brooks, said investigators found evidence inside the temple that “at the initial time of marriage” the men would force the young girls to have sex.

Followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints resisted investigators’ efforts to enter the temple on Saturday, briefly raising fears of a Branch Davidian-style standoff. The sect followers eventually relented and allowed investigators to enter the temple.

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