Prosecutors: Men sexually abused girls they called brides

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Prosecutors: Men sexually abused girls they called brides

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This undated file photo provided by Sanpete County Jail shows John Coltharp. Prosecutors say Coltharp and Samuel Shaffer, two Utah men who believe in doomsday and polygamy, had sexually abused young girls after conducting secret marriages they said were ordained by God.
This undated file photo provided by the Iron County Sheriff’s office shows Samuel Shaffer. Prosecutors say Shaffer and John Coltharp, two Utah men who believe in doomsday and polygamy, had sexually abused young girls after conducting secret marriages they said were ordained by God.

Prosecutors: Men sexually abused girls they called brides

This undated file photo provided by Sanpete County Jail shows John Coltharp. Prosecutors say Coltharp and Samuel Shaffer, two Utah men who believe in doomsday and polygamy, had sexually abused young girls after conducting secret marriages they said were ordained by God.
This undated file photo provided by the Iron County Sheriff’s office shows Samuel Shaffer. Prosecutors say Shaffer and John Coltharp, two Utah men who believe in doomsday and polygamy, had sexually abused young girls after conducting secret marriages they said were ordained by God.
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