In this video, three FLDS women are interviewed by Larry King in April 2008 shortly after the raid. The woman on the far right is Sally Jeffs. Note Sally’s response at 4:35 – 5:06
Sally says she would have her daughters wait until they are of legal age to marry and that she is not aware of any underage marriages. Evidence shows otherwise — and two FLDS defendants, Raymond and Leroy, have been convicted of having sexually assaulted two of Sally’s daughters, Janet and LeeAnn, who married and gave birth to those men’s children while they were still children themselves. And then there’s Sally’s daughter Pamela who also married one of Merril’s sons at age 16 and gave birth before she was legal age.
By the numbers:
August 12, 2004 – Janet Jeffs (age 16) married Raymond Merril Jessop (age 33) after having been previously married at age 15 to Raymond’s borther Ernie Jessop (age 27)
July 27, 2006 — LeeAnn Nielson Jeffs (age 15), daughter of Sally Jeffs, married Merril Leroy Jessop (Age 32)
October 3, 2005 — Pamela Nielsen Jeffs (age 16) married Jackson Merril Jessop (Age 20)
Brings to mind this post from TxBluesMan.
It’s sad that these women are put in the position of having to lie on national television to protect their priesthood heads. You don’t see the men out there peddling this stuff.
UPDATE: It should be pointed out that Merilyn (middle) is also Sally’s daughter, and they are both married to Wendell Nielsen.