BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Sam Shaffer, a doomsday cult member and self-styled seer was recently sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for child molestation and abuse. The accused agreed to testify against John Coltharp, another cult member.
Doomsday Cult Member Married an 8-Year-old Girl
Last week, Sam Shaffer, a self-styled seer of the Knights of the Crystal Blade, was found guilty and sentenced to 25-years-to-life in jail.
The man was charged last year with first-degree child molestation and child abuse, a felony that carries a 15-years-to-life sentence.
According to court documents, Shaffer and Coltharp were the spiritual leaders of a doomsday cult that encouraged sexual relations with minors.
Both suspects were taken into custody last year after the authorities raided their desert compound.
The authorities began to suspect that a doomsday cult might have formed in the area around Cedar City after several children went missing.
After combing the area, police officers rescued two children. The authorities declared that the infants had been locked in a storage container.
Shaffer and the other doomsday cult member eluded the police for a while. They even moved their camp to a desert area.
Long after the authorities zeroed down on the ‘seer’ and his followers, the man maintained his innocence, claiming that the children were never molested.
However, the authorities would later discover that both Coltharp and Shaffer performed illegitimate marriages.
Thus, it was found that Shaffer was married to Coltharp’s daughter, while the latter married his 7-years-old daughter.
Following a year-long trial, during which Shaffer affirmed he was being prosecuted for his religious beliefs, the Fifth District Court finally reached a verdict.
As Judge Matthew Bell pointed out, Mr. Shaffer’s was not sentenced for what he believed in but rather for the way he carried on.
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