Jeffs' son is one of two arrested at Texas FLDS compound

The Salt Lake Tribune/April 8, 2008

San Angelo, Texas - The first man arrested at the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado is the oldest son of FLDS leader Warren S. Jeffs, according to former members of the sect.

On Monday, law officers arrested Levi Barlow Jeffs, 19, for interfering with the duties of a public servant, a class B misdemeanor. He was booked into jail but was released after posting bail.

Jeffs, 52, became president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, based in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., in 2002. He has been convicted in Utah of two counts of rape as an accomplice, stemming from a 2001 marriage he performed. He is now in jail in Arizona facing similar accusations.

A second man was arrested at the YFZ Ranch Monday night and booked him into the Schleicher County Jail. Leroy Johnson Steed, 41, was arrested for tampering with physical evidence. He is to be arraigned today.

These are the only arrests made so far in the investigation at the ranch, which is owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Texas authorities said Monday FLDS men are being detained at the ranch while they continue their investigation. They said 401 children and 133 women are now in legal custody at Fort Concho in San Angelo.

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