Indicted Polygamists in Custody

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

SCHLEICHER COUNTY - Five members of the polygamist sect near Eldorado now in the Schleicher County jail after turning themselves into authorities.  

36-year-old Raymond Jessop; 56-year-old Allan Keate; 57-year-old Michael Emack and 33-year-old Merrill Jessop are charged with sexual assault of a child.

Merrill Jessop also faces bigamy charges.

A fifth man, 38-year-old Lloyd Barlow is accused of failing to report child abuse.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Schleicher County grand jury into charges the group forced underage girls into marriage and motherhood.

No other details on the surrender have been released.