Accused Polygamist in Court

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(WOIO) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in his first Arizona court appearance.

Jeffs faces sex charges stemming from the arranged marriages of two teenage girls to older men.

Prosecutors in Kingman, AZ filed the charges against Jeffs even before he faced charges in Utah. He was convicted there last year of rape as an accomplice in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.

Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints based in Colorado City, Ariz. and nearby Hildale, Utah.

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