In September 2007, polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was convicted on two counts of being an accomplice to the incest and rape of a minor. A Utah judge sentenced him to two consecutive prison terms of five years to life. The self-styled “prophet” allegedly used his tremendous religious influence to coerce underage girls as young as 13 into marriage. Other allegations include exiling male teens to reduce competition for brides and “reassigning” the wives and children of excommunicated male followers to other men
of his choosing. He faces additional charges in Arizona.