There are sick people in the world. It seems like every other day, another man is being accused of preying on young girls in the name of religion, many of whom are being rightly accused.
The latest is 46-year-old Samuel Rappylee Bateman, who is accused of marrying more than 20 women and girls — the youngest of whom was just nine years old. Bateman was the leader of a small sect of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that embraced polygamy.
According to Fox News,
The wives were allegedly trafficked across state lines in a trailer — forced to use a bucket as a toilet — while the self-proclaimed prophet drove two Bentleys while pushing failed business ventures in real estate and goal coaching.
Samuel Rappylee Bateman — as well as his coconspirators and aiders and abettors — is accused of engaging in the transportation of minors in interstate commerce to engage in criminal sexual activity and travel interstate commerce to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors, between May 2020 and November 2021, between Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Nebraska. He was first indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 6.
The investigation revealed that on August 28, 2022, Bateman, with aiders and abettors, committed obstruction of justice by destroying records of their illegal actions, according to federal prosecutors.
But as bad as all of this is, that's not even the craziest part of this whole ordeal. Bateman even felt compelled to marry his own daughter back in 2019. This led his wife and daughter to leaving
Bateman is just one in a long line of men who have been accused of preying on young girls in the name of religion. In 2017, Warren Jeffs, the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was sentenced to life plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two underaged girls who he took as "brides." Jeffs was already serving a life sentence for his convictions in Utah.