Utah doomsday cult leader sentenced in Sanpete County

Utah doomsday cult leader sentenced in Sanpete County

The leader of a doomsday cult who pleaded guilty to to charges of child bigamy and sodomy will spend 26-years-to-life in prison.

John Coltharp was sentenced in Manti’s 6th District Court on Wednesday.

He and Samuel Shaffer were arrested last year after four children were reported missing out of Sanpete County. The children were found in Iron County after an AMBER alert.

The two men told police that they had “married” each others 7-and 8-year-old daughters.

Sanpete County prosecutors have also filed a felony charge against another member of the Knights of the Crystal Blade. Robert Roe was charged with first-degree felony sodomy on a child.  Prosecutors say he took a 5-year-old girl as a bride.