The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are preparing to send officers to the U.S. to investigate allegations that two young girls were smuggled from Bountiful, British Columbia, to be married to the head of a polygamous sect, according to the Canadian news site The Province.
Warren Jeffs, 55, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday following his conviction in a Texas court last week for having sex with girls aged 12 and 14. Regarded as a “prophet” by his followers, Jeffs was conviced of assaulting the girls at his sect’s Texas ranch. He fathered a child with the older girl — and apparently had as many as 50 wives.
In an affidavit filed in British Columbia’s Supreme Court, the Ministry of the Attorney-General said it received information from a Texas prosecutor about the alleged child smuggling. The prosecutor told Canadian officials that two 12-year-old girls from Bountiful were reportedly “celestially married” to Jeffs in 2005.