Sect Member Pleads No Contest to Sexual Assault

Staff Report
The Associated Press

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - The Texas attorney general's office says a West Texas polygamist sect member has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl.

A district court administrator says 59-year-old Michael Emack of Eldorado entered a no contest plea Friday in San Angelo to sexual assault of a child. He was set to go to trial on Monday. A bigamy charge against him is still pending.

State attorney general's office spokesman Jerry Strickland says that this is the third conviction of a resident of the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado for sexually assaulting a child. The ranch is run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Under Texas law, someone younger than 17 cannot generally consent to sex with an adult.