Polygamist FLDS leader faces new kidnapping charges in Arizona

Self-proclaimed prophet and polygamist leader Samuel Rappylee Bateman’s legal troubles snowballed on Thursday as three women accused of kidnapping eight minors were added to his case in federal court and new charges were added.

Bateman, who faced three counts of destruction of evidence after his federal arrest in September, will now also face two counts of obstruction of justice, one count of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to for kidnapping, according to a new indictment filed in federal court. .

According to the FBI and U.S. prosecutors, Naomi Bistline, Donnae Barlow, both 24, and Moretta Johnson, 19, were working under Bateman’s direction to remove eight girls from the custody of the Department of Child Safety at the school. Arizona on November 27.

The three women will also be charged with kidnapping and obstruction of justice alongside Bateman, 46.

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