Samuel Rappylee Bateman, the polygamist cult leader married 20 women and was detained. Let’s see who is Samuel Rappylee Bateman in detail.
Who is Samuel Rappylee Bateman?
Bateman is the leader of a splinter sect of the radical Mormon offshoot Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or FLDS. He is reportedly so extreme that previous FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, a convicted child rapist, has condemned him.
According to an FBI document, Samuel Rappylee Bateman, 46, is accused by witnesses of marrying up to 20 women and girls as young as nine, including his daughter. It is reported that he had 20 wives as young as nine years old, married his daughter, and drove his women around in a trailer with a bucket for a toilet.
Samuel Rappylee Bateman, 46, who was detained in Arizona earlier this year, is the subject of alarming charges in a new FBI affidavit. Bateman was driving a Bentley at the time. Witnesses claim that 46-year-old Samuel Rappylee Bateman “married” up to 20 women and girls as young as nine, including his daughter, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Why did the police arrest Bateman?
Bateman has been in federal detention on obstruction charges since his arrest in September. When officers pulled him over while carrying underage girls inside a dismal trailer outfitted with a couch and a bucket for a toilet.
Incest, group sex acts involving adults and minors, and child sex trafficking are among the horrifying charges detailed in the FBI document, which was filed in the Eastern District of Washington.
In the petition, FBI Agent Dawn A. Martin claims, with the help of witness accounts, that Bateman “began to proclaim he was a prophet’ and declared his intention to marry his own teenage daughter in 2019.
According to the affidavit, Bateman has subsequently amassed “about 50 followers and more than 20 spouses, many of whom are minors, most of whom are under the age of 15.”
During a traffic stop on August 28 in northern Arizona, women and kids were spotted. According to authorities, Bateman was hauling three girls, between the ages of 11 and 14, in a box trailer behind his SUV. The filthy trailer was equipped with a couch, camper chairs, and a bucket-style toilet.
Recordings of Bateman speaking to a couple in Colorado City, Arizona who are filming a documentary and providing outreach to the polygamy community there are among the evidence listed in the affidavit.
The trailer that Bateman reportedly used to transport minor girls is taken as evidence. According to the police, the trailer contained three girls, all aged between 11 and 14 years old, along with a couch, camper chairs, and a toilet made from a bucket. With Bateman in the SUV towing the trailers were two women and minor girls.
Why he married his own daughters?
As an illustration, Bateman informed the couple that “Heavenly Father” had instructed him in early November 2021 to ‘give the most precious thing he has, his girls’ virtue,’ to three of his adult male followers.
Then, according to the complaint, Bateman allegedly watched while the three men had intercourse with his daughters, one of whom was only 12 years old.
The girls supposedly “sacrificed their virtue for the Lord,” and Bateman said, “God will fix their bodies and put the membrane back in their body.” I’ve never had more confidence in doing his will. It’s all out of love.’
According to the complaint, Bateman allegedly arrived at the Colorado City couple’s house in late 2020 “in a large SUV crowded with women and girls” and “introduced everyone as his wife.”
Agent Martin noted that the daughter who was the youngest of the so-called “wives” was a child born in 2011, making her nine years old at the most. The affidavit also mentions that Bateman had two Bentleys, but it appears that his ‘wives’ traveled less opulently.
Bateman’s first run-in with the law occurred in August when he was stopped by a state trooper. It happened in northern Arizona while pulling a box trailer that was “full of people, including children.”
As the trooper approached the trailer from behind, he noticed “children’s little fingers moving in the gap of the rear trailer door,” according to a police report. On September 13, FBI officers conduct a raid at Samuel Rappylee Bateman’s Colorado City, Arizona, residence. Bateman was later arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse in his home state.
According to federal prosecutors, he spoke to his supporters in Colorado City while he was being detained. He was held in the Coconino County Jail in Flagstaff on those local charges. And gave them instructions to delete communications sent through the Signal app. Also demanded that all women and girls get passports.
In response to his instructions to his followers, Bateman posted bond on the state charges. But a few weeks later he received a federal indictment accusing him of three counts. It includes destroying or attempting to destroy records and interference with criminal processes.
In U.S. Magistrate Court in Flagstaff, he pleaded not guilty. Patrick Schneider, a federal prosecutor, stated in September that the state child welfare agency had evacuated children from Bateman’s home in Colorado City.
Between May 2020 and November 2021, the FBI has reason to suspect that he and others transported juveniles. The minors were transported between Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Nebraska in order for them to participate in illicit sexual activity.
After being taken from Samuel Bateman’s home on September 14 after his arrest in Colorado City, Arizona, three girls embrace before they are released. Seven were taken from the Bateman home, while two more were taken from another residence.
Did he practice polygamy?
Bateman used to be one of the respected adherents of jailed leader Warren Jeffs. But, Jeffs recently denounced Bateman in a letter delivered to his followers from jail, according to Brower.
Brower, FLDS author and actor of the Netflix series ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’ says Bateman group still practice polygamy. Bateman’s group still practices multiple marriages with a small following of fewer than 100 individuals.
Adam Zickerman, Bateman’s lawyer, issued a warning against assuming the federal action. It was about religious discrimination in September, though he omitted to mention Bateman’s religion. Whether or not he engages in polygamy is not confirmed by him. Bateman, according to Zickerman, is not a threat to the community.
Schneider mentioned that Bateman had interactions with several women, citing a pretrial services report. But, he also didn’t clarify whether Bateman belonged to any polygamous group. While the case moves through the courts, U.S. Magistrate Judge Camille Bibles ordered that Bateman stays in custody. She mentioned that Bateman is a pilot and a survivalist. He has supporters and contacts abroad who might provide financial or other resources at any time. She added that young females in precarious situations worried her as well.
‘Courts have a tremendous interest in protecting people who can´t protect themselves,’ she said. The FLDS organization led by imprisoned leader Jeffs has mostly lost authority over the local areas. Because of child sex abuse connected to underage marriages, Jeffs is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison.
Polygamy is a holdover from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ early teachings. But the mainline church gave up the custom in 1890 and now outright forbids it.
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