Feds: Imprisoned polygamous leader helped plan girls escape


              This undated photo provided by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office shows Samuel Bateman, the leader of a small polygamous group near the Arizona-Utah border who faces state child abuse charges, and federal charges of tampering with evidence. Prosecutors this week accused Bateman of helping orchestrate the escape of girls he considered his wives from state foster care while behind bars awaiting trial. In court documents filed Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, they allege the self-described polygamous "prophet" worked with adult women he also claims as wives to help the underage girls escape foster placements they were sent to after his arrest earlier this year. (Coconino County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)
            
              FILE -  FBI agents raid the home of Sam Bateman in Colorado City, Ariz., on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. Prosecutors this week accused Sam Bateman of helping orchestrate the escape of girls he considered his wives from state foster care while behind bars awaiting trial. In court documents filed Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, they allege the self-described polygamous "prophet" worked with adult women he also claims as wives to help the underage girls escape foster placements they were sent to after his arrest earlier this year. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
Feds: Imprisoned polygamous leader helped plan girls escape