Jeffs to remain president of FLDS Church, commerce officials say

KSTU-TV Fox News, Utah/August 3, 2011

Salt Lake City -- Regardless of whether or not he is convicted in Texas, Warren Jeffs will remain in charge of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

A deadline over who is in control of the corporate entity of the polygamous sect came and went Wednesday, with no new filings or a court order settling the dispute. A former member, William E. Jessop, has challenged Jeffs for the presidency of the Corporation of the President of the FLDS Church. He claims Jeffs relinquished the presidency of the FLDS Church while incarcerated in Utah and awaiting trial on criminal charges here back in Utah Dept. of Commerce spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton told Fox 13 on Wednesday that since nothing new had been filed as of 6 p.m., control of the corporation reverts back to Jeffs.

Jeffs is currently facing trial in Texas where he is accused of sexually assaulting two girls who were married to him in polygamous unions.

"If Warren is convicted, it doesn't change that status," Bolton said.

Bolton said new filings could be considered in the future.

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