Polygamist appeals child abuse conviction in Texas

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Posted: Oct 20, 2011 7:43 AM
Polygamist appeals child abuse conviction in Texas

A polygamist group member is appealing his conviction in Texas on child sex abuse charges, citing jurisdiction issues.

A lawyer for Raymond Merril Jessop asked the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin on Wednesday to overturn his conviction and 10-year sentence.

Jessop was the first member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be tried after a 2008 raid at the group's Yearning for Zion ranch in West Texas.

Jessop was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who gave birth to his daughter.

The Austin American-Statesman ( http://bit.ly/q3SlTI) reports that Jessop's attorney, Clinton Broden, argued prosecutors never proved the sexual encounter happened in Texas.

Attorney for the state, Ed Marshall, said jurors heard enough evidence to convict Jessop.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com