Investigators Report Bed in Polygamist Temple Used for Sex

Associated Press - April 9, 2008 10:15 PM ET

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Court documents say teenage girls were required to have sex in the soaring white temple after they were married at a polygamist compound in West Texas.

A confidential informant told officials the temple in Eldorado contains a bed where adult males engage in sexual activity with females under the age of 17.

An affadavit by a Texas Ranger says agents found a bed in the temple with disturbed linens and what appeared to be a female hair.

The temple also contained multiple locked safes, vaults and desk drawers that authorities sought access to. The affidavit unsealed Wednesday mentions a 16-year-old girl who has four children.

The search of the compound began last Thursday after a 16-year-old girl called a family violence shelter to report her 50-year-old husband beat and raped her.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers completed a weeklong search of the 1,700-acre grounds today.

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