Sect Leader Convicted of Accessory to Rape Jurors convict Warren Jeffs on charges of accomplice to rape. The leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints forced a 14-year-old follower to marry her 19-year-old cousin.

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Sect Leader Convicted of Accessory to Rape

Sect Leader Convicted of Accessory to Rape

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Warren Jeffs looks over at the jury during his trial on Tuesday in St. George, Utah. Douglas C. Pizac/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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The leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was found guilty Tuesday of being an accessory to rape when he forced a 14-year-old follower to marry her 19-year-old cousin.

Prosecutors had maintained that Warren Jeffs, 51, used his religious authority to compel the girl into marriage and sex against her will.

He could receive up to life in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 20 in St. George, Utah.