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UNLAWFUL FLIGHT TO AVOID PROSECUTION - SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR

 

WARREN STEED JEFFS

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Date of Birth Used:  December 3, 1955 Hair: Brown
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California Eyes: Brown
Height: 6'3" to 6'4" Sex: Male
Weight: 150 to 155 pounds Race: White
NCIC: W947749941 Nationality: American
Occupations: Private School Teacher, Accountant
Scars and Marks: None known
Remarks: Warren Jeffs is the leader of a polygamous sect known as the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and is considered a "prophet" by his estimated 10,000 followers. Jeffs has ties to Utah, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and British Columbia. Jeffs may be in the Leesburg, Florida, area. Additionally, Jeffs may travel with a number of loyal and armed bodyguards.

CAUTION

Since 2001, Warren Steed Jeffs has been the leader and "prophet" of a polygamous sect known as the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Estimated to have more than 10,000 followers, this group separated itself from mainstream Mormonism in 1890 when Utah denounced polygamy.

The FLDS has established communities of followers in Hilldale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. The Hilldale and Colorado City land purchases are thought to have been under a trust called the United Effort Plan (UEP). Reportedly, the UEP also purchased land near El Dorado, Texas, where the FLDS built residential structures and a temple.

Jeffs is wanted for two counts of sexual assault on a minor. These alleged offenses took place on or about March 28th or March 30th, 2002, and on or between July 1st and December 31st, 2002. Jeffs is also wanted for one count of conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. This alleged offense took place on or between January 1st and June 30th, 2002. All of the alleged offenses took place in the vicinity of Colorado City, Arizona.

On June 9, 2005, a Mohave County Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against Warren Steed Jeffs charging him with 2 counts sexual conduct with a minor and one count conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. A state arrest warrant was issued by the Superior Court of the state of Arizona, County of Mohave, on June 10, 2005. Jeffs is also charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, and a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, District of Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 27, 2005.

Jeffs has not been seen by anyone outside the FLDS since approximately 2004. He and approximately 30 followers may be in the Leesburg, Florida, area attempting to purchase additional land for the FLDS.

REWARD

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Warren Steed Jeffs.

SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PERSON, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FBI OFFICE OR THE NEAREST AMERICAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE.

Signature of Robert S. Mueller, III
ROBERT S. MUELLER, III
DIRECTOR
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
TELEPHONE: (202) 324-3000