Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Statement by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

"Merril Leroy Jessop of Eldorado was today found guilty of sexually assaulting a child. The jury has also found that the defendant violated Texas laws that prohibit bigamy. With today's guilty verdict, Jessop's trial proceeds to the penalty phase, so at this time a punishment has not been rendered by the court.

"A total of 12 YFZ Ranch-related suspects have been indicted for sexual assault of a child, bigamy or other charges. Eight additional suspects are awaiting trial."