Former polygamous police chief says he never notified authorities of child-welfare cases

AP in KPHO TV (Phoenix)/September 18, 2005

Phoenix -- A former Colorado City Police chief told investigators that he never notified child-welfare authorities in Utah of sexual abuse cases he investigated in two polygamist towns along the Arizona strip.

According to records released last week, Sam Roundy told an investigator for the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board that he failed to notify state authorities about the 20 to 25 child sexual abuse cases he's investigated over the years in Colorado City and Hildale, Utah.

Roundy is an admitted polygamous. He has a wife and two companions with whom he has 21 children.

The 50-year-old Roundy resigned this year. His police certification in Utah has been revoked and similar actions are pending in Arizona.

Most of the residents of Colorado City and Hildale are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which preaches polygamy as a central tenet.

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