BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The Iron City Sheriff’s Office deputies have recently arrested a 34-year-old self-entitled prophet and his accomplice for kidnapping and raping two girls. According to the authorities, both men were part of a religious cult whose beliefs revolved around polygamy and doomsday preparation. Two girls were found hidden in a trailer and a plastic water barrel.
Self-Entitled Prophet Conducted Secret Marriages with Underaged Girls
Samuel W. Shaffer, and John Coltharp, both 34, have been taken into custody following a police raid on a makeshift desert compound. According to the authorities, Shaffer, a self-entitled prophet, was part of a cult called the Knights of the Crystal Blade.
The cult’s beliefs are derived from arcane Mormon teaching which states that men are allowed to marry two very young girls in preparation for doomsday. Both suspects were detained after a mother filed a missing person’s report, telling the authorities that her girls, ages 4 through 8, disappeared from home, along with two boys.
The investigation led the authorities to a remote desert area, located approximately 275 miles from Salt City Lake, where the self-entitled prophet and his accomplice erected a camp. According to the authorities, after raiding the compound using helicopters and police dogs, the two boys were found hidden inside an abandoned trailer.
Later that day, the investigators managed to track down the two missing girls – one was locked inside a trailer, while the other inside a 50-gallon plastic water tank.
The suspects were later taken into custody. During their police interview, both men confessed to marrying the underaged girls and raping them on several occasions. Shaffer and Coltharp were charged with several counts of child rape, child polygamy, and kidnapping.
Following a court-made deal, both will be sentenced to 25 years in prison for child molestation.
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