DENVER – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Bill Leone, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, and Richard C. Powers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Denver Office, announced that SETH STEED JEFFS, age 32, of Hildale, Utah, was indicted by a federal grand jury for harboring and concealing Warren Jeffs from arrest/aiding and abetting. The one count indictment was returned late yesterday.
SETH JEFFS, who is free on a $25,000 property bond, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. before a U.S. Magistrate Judge for arraignment on the indictment. He was originally charged by Criminal Complaint on October 31, 2005. The indictment formalizes the criminal charges.
According to the affidavit in support of the Criminal Complaint, on October 28, 2005, the Pueblo County Colorado Sheriff’s Office received a citizen report about a suspected intoxicated driver on Interstate 25 near US 50 in Southern Colorado. A Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy located and stopped the suspicious vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Nathaniel Steed Allred, admitted to deputies that he was hired by the passenger, SETH JEFFS, for sexual companionship. Both were taken into custody on state prostitution related charges.
After obtaining a state search warrant deputies discovered approximately $142,000.00 of US currency, documents, and sealed envelopes in the vehicle. Many of the envelopes were addressed to “The Prophet,” or “Warren Jeffs.” Authorities also discovered several envelopes containing pre-paid credit cards and pre-paid cellular phone cards. Additionally, they found seven cellular phones inside the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed that Warren Steed Jeffs was indicted in Mohave County, Arizona on June 9, 2005, on charges related to sexual conduct with a minor. On June 27, 2005, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court in Arizona for Warren Jeffs for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. Warren Jeffs remains a fugitive.
Warren Jeffs is the leader and “prophet” of a polygamous sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (“FLDS”). This group separated from mainstream Mormonism in 1890 when the Mormon Church denounced polygamy.
If convicted, SETH JEFFS faces up to 5 years in federal prison, and/or a $250,000 fine.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Philip Brimmer and Bill Taylor.
The charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.