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Trial on child sex abuse for religious sect leader to begin

September 17, 2018

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Jury selection will start in the trial for one of the leaders of a western New Mexico paramilitary religious sect accused of child sexual abuse.

KOB-TV reports the jury selection process will begin Monday morning in court in Cibola County in the case of Deborah Green.

Authorities raided a Fence Lake compound in August 2017 run by Green and her husband, Peter, leaders of the Aggressive Christian Mission Training Corps.

The Cibola County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after a 13-year-old boy died of an infectious disease.

Authorities believe the Deborah and James Green hid 11 other children found there because they had no birth certificates.

Deborah Green also faces charges related to evidence tampering.

Peter Green faces 100 counts related to child sexual abuse.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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