Pastor Accused Of Marrying Up To 20 women, Some As Young As 9, Including His Underage Daughter

A self-proclaimed prophet in Arizona has been accused of “marrying” up to 20 women and girls as young as nine, including his own daughter, FBI documents have revealed.

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Samuel Rappylee Bateman, 46, was the leader of a small group of polygamist Mormons known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).

In 2019, Bateman assumed control of the small group of followers and allegedly “began to proclaim he was a prophet,” and declared his intention to marry his own teenage daughter, according to an FBI affidavit seen by the Salt Lake Tribune.

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In a series of allegations outlined by the FBI, Bateman married up to 20 women, “many of whom are minors, mostly under the age of 15,” and forced them to engage in sickening acts of incest, pedophilic group sex, and child sex trafficking.

In one shocking incident cited in the document, Bateman instructed three male followers to have sex with his daughters, one of whom was just 12, while he watched.

Bateman allegedly claimed the girls had “sacrificed their virtue for the Lord,” and went on to say: “God will fix their bodies and put the membrane back in their body.”

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“I’ve never had more confidence in doing his will. It’s all out of love,” he added.

In September this year, Bateman was arrested by local police while transporting underage girls across state lines in a trailer furnished with a couch and a bucket for a toilet.

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