FBI: Arizona Cult Leader Accused Of Having 20 Wives, Most Under 15 Years Old — And It Gets Worse

  • The Salt Lake Tribune obtained the affidavit and published it on Saturday, revealing that Bateman and several co-conspirators had been accused of a litany of sex crimes against minors as well as tampering with evidence and attempting to obstruct the investigation into their conduct.
  • Bateman, according to the affidavit, felt “prompted” to marry his own teenaged daughter in 2019.
  • His wife and daughter left the home following that revelation, but he and several followers began collecting girls in the months that followed.
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