3rd man accused of child sex abuse from Utah doomsday group

3rd man accused of child sex abuse from Utah doomsday group

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A third man has been charged with child sexual abuse in connection with a Utah doomsday group that believed in polygamy and took child brides.

Prosecutor Kevin Daniels said Friday that 34-year-old Robert Shane Roe of California was a follower who met the two founders in a Facebook group and was then given a 5-year-old girl related to one of them as a bride.

Roe was charged Thursday with sodomy of a child. No attorney is listed in court documents for Roe.

Daniels says Roe acknowledges being alone with the girl but denies the sexual abuse.

The girl becomes the third alleged victim.

Prosecutors say the two founders who met Roe formed a group called the Knights of the Crystal Blade based on arcane Mormon ideas long abandoned by the mainstream church.