Alleged Polygamist Leader Booked On Child Sex Abuse Charges
OGDEN, Utah (AP) _ Alleged polygamist leader Arvin Shreeve surrendered to face charges of aggravated sexual assault and sodomy on a child, police said.
Shreeve turned himself in to police in the southern Utah town of Cedar City Friday. He was returned to Ogden, where a bail hearing was tentatively set for Monday.
Circuit Judge Pamela Heffernan issued four warrants against Shreeve on Tuesday, alleging two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sodomy on a child, all first-degree felonies.
Police raided seven homes in an Ogden neighborhood Aug. 2, taking nine children from a group of alleged polygamists police say are headed by Shreeve.
The children have been questioned about possible sexual abuse, the Weber County attorney’s office said.
Shreeve, 61, told police he had been traveling when a friend told him Thursday warrants were out for his arrest. He couldn’t get a ride to Ogden, about 300 miles to the north, so he surrendered to Cedar City police.
Former members of Shreeve’s group have been quoted as saying they believe he is a modern-day prophet and exercises patriarchal control over up to 60 followers. Authorities say the group allegedly assigns a man to two or more women.