Former church leader to stand trial on sexual assault of child

Warren Jeffs. Former leader of Yearning for Zion Ranch.
Warren Jeffs. Former leader of Yearning for Zion Ranch.

Released by the Texas Attorney General's office:

SAN ANGELO, TX - At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Warren Steed Jeffs arrived in San Angelo, TX, where he will stand trial for sexually assaulting a child.

Law enforcement officers with the Texas Rangers and the Texas Attorney General's Office escorted Jeffs to the state after taking custody of him in Utah earlier in the day.

Jeffs is currently being held without bail and awaits trial in Texas on two charges of sexual assault of a child and bigamy.

To date, seven of 12 Yearning for Zion Ranch-related suspects have been convicted of sexually assaulting children.

The cases resulted from a cooperative effort among the Texas Attorney General's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers, the Schleicher County Sheriff's Department and 51st Judicial District Attorney Steve Lupton.