Three ladies embrace earlier than they’re faraway from the house of Samuel Bateman, following his arrest in Colorado Metropolis, Ariz., on Sept. 13, 2022 | Picture by Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune through Related Press, St. George Information
ST. GEORGE —Authorized issues proceed to mount for the chief of a sect of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints based mostly in Colorado Metropolis, Arizona, after he didn’t report a felony youngster abuse case filed in Coconino County Superior Court docket in Arizona.
Samuel Rappylee Bateman, 46, of Colorado Metropolis, has remained in jail since his arrest following an FBI raid in Colorado Metropolis in September.
The incident that set the federal case in movement got here within the type of a site visitors cease on Aug. 28, alongside a freeway in Flagstaff, Arizona, the place a number of younger ladies have been present in an enclosed trailer. An FBI raid turned up further proof, prosecutors stated, and Bateman was charged with obstruction of justice in federal courtroom, whereas an Arizona youngster welfare company eliminated 9 youngsters from the houses that have been later positioned in protecting custody, AZ Central says.
Bateman pleaded not responsible in U.S. Justice of the Peace Court docket in Flagstaff on the federal case, whereas three second-degree felony expenses have been filed in Coconino Superior Court docket towards Bateman, in keeping with courtroom paperwork. Final month, his bond was elevated to $250,000 in state courtroom, the place the decide additionally dominated that Bateman was prohibited from contacting any of the victims.
On Tuesday, Bateman was again in Coconino County Superior Court docket the place Choose Fanny Steinlage exonerated the defendant’s bond, which means bail was now not required within the case.
That ruling got here within the wake of a federal courtroom ruling to proceed Bateman’s detention whereas his federal case is processed. So, both manner, the defendant will stay in jail on a federal maintain.
The federal courtroom’s choice was based mostly on the defendant having “a bunch of followers keen to offer intensive materials and different help on quick discover,” which is similar group that authorities say they consider is concerned within the destruction of proof.
Furthermore, federal courtroom paperwork additionally point out that Bateman is an admitted pilot and “survivalist,” which raised issues concerning his means to flee. Additionally of concern was the quantity of proof towards him, which was “nice,” federal prosecutors say, and the case carries with it a major sentence – as much as 60 years in jail.
As well as, federal prosecutors additionally allege that Bateman just lately instructed his followers to acquire passports for the younger women and girls in his group “for causes which can be unclear,” and the proof suggests the defendant had probably established contacts and followers out of the country and had traveled overseas previously three years.
The proof additionally left the courtroom with “little motive to consider” that Bateman would comply with any courtroom orders or seem on the fees. And along with the underlying obstruction expenses within the federal investigation, the courtroom additionally discovered issues concerning the protection of “the younger ladies” and his lack of concern for any legal guidelines.
The courtroom additionally discovered that Bateman’s legal historical past, together with the arrest in August, whereby ladies have been being transported to “an unknown location in an enclosed trailer” by the defendant – one thing prosecutors suspect he has carried out earlier than – additionally positioned the neighborhood in danger.
The federal trial is scheduled to start Jan. 10, 2023, and might be held on the U.S. District Court docket in Flagstaff. A trial date has but to be set on the kid abuse case filed in Coconino County Superior Court docket and Bateman stays in federal custody on the Coconino County Jail presently.
This report is predicated on statements from courtroom information, police or different responders and should not comprise the complete scope of findings. Individuals arrested or charged are presumed harmless till discovered responsible in a courtroom of legislation or as in any other case determined by a trier-of-fact.
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