Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs loses phone privileges
Texas corrections officials said Monday that imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs will be without phone privileges for 90 days as punishment for making calls that were put on speakerphone — presumably so he could preach to his followers.
Jeffs, was found to have broken the rules multiple times with calls used for conferencing, Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said. Prison officials had said last week that his phone use was suspended indefinitely while they investigated.
“I don’t know how far back it went,” Lyons said. “The investigation stemmed from reports on Christmas Day he used the phone system to deliver sermons. He made at least two calls that day.”
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Authorities didn’t say how they found out about the improper calls, but have said previously that except for calls between inmates and their lawyers, calls made through the inmate telephone system are monitored and recorded.
Jeffs is serving a life sentence plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two of his underage brides. The charges followed a 2008 raid on a West Texas ranch where followers of his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints live. Former church members have said since his conviction last year that Jeffs would continue to try to lead his Utah-based church from prison, since followers revere him.