Affidavit: Teen bride identifies suspect as ‘spiritual’ husband

CNN International / crime – April 10, 2008

An affidavit says “Sarah,” 16, said Dale Evans Barlow,
shown in 2005, beat her and forced her to have sex.

ELDORADO, Texas (CNN) — The 16-year-old girl whose phone calls led to a raid on a polygamist compound in Texas identified Dale Evans Barlow as the man who she said beat, choked and sexually assaulted her after their “spiritual marriage,” according to a court document unsealed Wednesday.

The affidavit, signed by Texas Ranger Leslie Brooks Long, also says a former member of the polygamist church told authorities details of the sect’s activities — including a bed inside the group’s temple that adult men used to have sex with underage girls immediately after wedding ceremonies.

After authorities raided the ranch late Thursday, the ranger “observed the bed within the temple that had disturbed bed linens and a strand of hair that appears to be from a female head.” . . .

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