Utah sect member asks for rape charge dismissal
SALT LAKE CITY — An attorney has asked a judge to dismiss a rape charged filed against a man whose 2001 spiritual marriage led to the criminal conviction of Utah polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs.
In papers filed Thursday in Utah’s 5th District Court, attorney Jim Bradshaw says the 2007 charges against Allen Steed should not have been filed. He says the statute of limitations on the alleged crime had already expired.
Prosecutors in Utah’s Washington County charged Steed with rape in September 2007 — one day after a jury found Jeffs guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in Steed’s marriage to Elissa Wall.
Wall and Steed were both members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jeffs performed the marriage and counseled them during the relationship.