FBI: "Mormon prophet" cult leader had 20 wives as young as nine, including his own daughter
· · Dec 9, 2022 · NottheBee.com

If you think that was a terrible headline to read, I have to warn you; it gets even worse...

An FBI affidavit revealed shocking allegations against a 46-year-old Bently-driving Arizona polygamist sect leader named Samuel Rappylee Bateman.

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Bateman had approximately 50 followers.

FBI Agent Dawn A. Martin, citing witness statements, wrote that Bateman "began to proclaim he was a prophet" and in 2019, he declared his intention to marry his teenage daughter.

It is claimed that this lunatic had 20 wives, one being his own daughter, and some were as young as nine years old. Most of his wives were under the age of 15, and at least one got pregnant before she turned 18.

From the Daily Mail:

Bateman leads a splinter group of the radical Mormon offshoot Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS -- but Bateman is apparently so extreme that he has been denounced even by former FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, a convicted child rapist.

The FBI affidavit, filed in the Eastern District of Washington, outlines sickening allegations of incest, group sex acts involving adults and underage children, and child sex trafficking.

I told you it gets worse...

"God will fix their bodies and put the membrane back in their body. I've never had more confidence in doing his will. It's all out of love," Martin quoted Bateman.

Over the years, family members would report Bateman to the police, but Bateman always seemed to dodge the law.

In one instance, a woman called the police and accused Bateman of kidnapping her grandchildren. He was stopped, detained, and questioned, but the woman and mother of those children said she was going to marry Bateman, and she and the girls were there of their own free will.

A parent of each minor in the vehicle "said their children were fine with Bateman," Martin wrote in the affidavit.

Bateman was arrested on Aug. 28 when the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled Bateman over when he was seen towing a box trailer with girls riding unsecured inside – the trailer was equipped with a couch and a bucket for a toilet.

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He was later released.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune:

On Sept. 13, however, the FBI raided Bateman's two homes in Colorado City, looking for evidence of underage marriages or sexual relationships between adults and children, according to a copy of the search warrant shared with The Tribune.

Bateman has been in jail in Arizona since then. He faces with three counts of child abuse related to the girls riding in the trailer; he also faces federal charges for allegedly instructing his followers to delete the messaging app Signal from his phone after he was arrested in the traffic stop. He has not been charged with any allegations of sexual abuse.

Nine girls were briefly removed from Bateman's homes on the day of the FBI raid and then returned, but they were taken into state custody the next day. Eight of those nine girls were recovered in Spokane on Thursday. Their whereabouts now are unclear.

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