Three FLDS Members Surrender to Authorities

Staff Report

The Associated Press

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) - Three members of a West Texas polygamist group were released on bond today after surrendering to authorities on charges accusing them of sexual assault of a child.

29-year-old Lehi Barlow Jeffs, 37-year-old Abram Harker Jeffs and 23-year-old Keith William Dutson Junior were indicted last week by a Schleicher County grand jury that has been considering evidence against residents of the Yearning For Zion Ranch. Lehi Jeffs and Abram Jeffs also were indicted on bigamy charges.

The ranch is run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a breakaway Mormon sect.

Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran said the men surrendered about 11 a.m., paid their bail money and were released in about an hour. The bonds totaled $320,000.

The Houston Chronicle reported in its online edition Monday night that Lehi Jeffs was listed in the "Bishop Records" of having three wives, including one who was 16. Keith Dutson was listed as having a monogamous union with a 16-year-old and Abram Jeffs was listed as having five wives, including one who was 16.

An after hours call to an attorney for the polygamst group was not immediately returned Monday night.