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Crown prosecutors file polygamy charges against Bountiful Four

By Contributor
August 14th, 2014

Crown prosecutors have filed polygamy charges against four people connected to the community of Bountiful near Creston in the BC Southern Interior.

Special prosecutor Peter Wilson Q.C. approved criminal charges against Winston Blackmore, James Oler (known as the Bishops of Bountiful) and two others alleging polygamy and unlawful removal of children from Canada with the intention of committing sexual crimes.

Blackmore faces charges of polygamy.

Brandon James Blackmore, Emily Ruth Crossfield and Oler also each face a charge for the alleged unlawful removal of a child from Canada.

The Criminal Justice Branch of B.C. says those charges are based primarily on new information that came to light as a result of investigations in the U.S.

The RCMP received a lot of documentation seized by investigative authorities in the U.S.

All the charges, which date from the early 1980s to the present, were sworn Wednesday in Cranbrook.

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