Jacques Billeaud

Jacques Billeaud is an author at Religion News Service.

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Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children

By Jacques Billeaud — April 2, 2024
PHOENIX (AP) — In pleading guilty, Bateman, 48, acknowledged taking underage brides, having sex activity with them and arranging group sex, sometimes involving child brides

Polygamous sect member pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children

By Jacques Billeaud — March 20, 2024
PHOENIX (AP) — A businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with the leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border to transport underage girls across state line.

Woman tied to Arizona polygamous leader accused of threats

By Jacques Billeaud — April 14, 2023
PHOENIX (AP) — The indictment of Josephine Barlow Bistline marks the fourth woman associated with self-declared prophet Samuel Bateman to face federal charges.

Priest’s new assignment: Helping those he invalidly baptized

By Jacques Billeaud and Luis Andres Henao — February 26, 2022
PHOENIX (AP) —Church officials estimate Rev. Andrés Arango performed thousands of baptisms that are now presumed invalid and said those affected now need valid baptisms.
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