Sect. Member Pleads Not Guilty to Child Sex Assault

Staff Report
The Associated Press

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas judge has refused keep prosecutors from using thousands of pages of documents seized during an April 2008 raid on a polygamist ranch.

The decision will allow jurors to see come of the documents in the upcoming trials of 12 men from a polygamist sect that owns the Yearning for Zion Ranch.

The first sect member to face a criminal trial pleaded not guilty Friday to sexual assault of a child.

Raymond Jessop entered his plea Friday before Texas District Judge Barbara Walther in San Angelo. He's set for an Oct. 26 trial in the tiny town of Eldorado, near the ranch and about 40 miles south of San Angelo.

Defense attorneys had asked Walther to block use of the documents because the search warrant was based on fake reports to a domestic abuse hotline.