By: Kyle James | 01-12-2018 | News
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Utah Man Charged With Sodomy Of Child He Married

A man in Utah has been charged with kidnapping a child and now faces charges of sodomy of a child.

Sanpete County Deputy Attorney, Kevin Daniels, says Samuel Shaffer told detectives he was betrothed to Coltharp's daughter, and John Coltharp was betrothed to Shaffer's daughter despite both children being the age of 7 and 8.

Deputy Attorney Daniels also says both Shaffer and Coltharp allegedly married their own 4-year-old daughters, "At this point, we don't have any evidence that the four-year-olds were abused but we will certainly investigate that to the fullest."

Shaffer admitted during an interview that as part of the process he examined the genitals of Coltharp's daughter to confirm her hymen was still intact and he says it wasn't.

Daniels added, "Absolutely inappropriate behavior and our office will hold them accountable."

Authorities performed a search warrant at three locations on December 5, 2017, including the storage containers they used as their residence.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NEW: <br> One of two men charged with kidnapping of children in central Utah in December now faces sodomy of a child charges. <br> John Coltharp, member of religious group called, Knights of the Crystal Blade, allegedly married two minor girls according to attorney&#39;s. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#kutv2news</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; D.J. Bolerjack (@DJBolerjack) <a href="">January 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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One of the storage containers was used by Coltharp's mother and the two boys, one was used by Coltharp and the girls, and a third was used by Shaffer and his 'wives'.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SanpeteCounty</a> attorney says he plans on filing sodomy of a child charges on Samuel Shaffer next week. <br><br> Shaffer took his children &amp; two other girls and led <a href="">@ironsheriff</a> on a day long search near the town of Lund. <br> Find out more details @ 6:00.<br> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#kutv2news</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SoUT</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; D.J. Bolerjack (@DJBolerjack) <a href="">January 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Daniels said, "Sam Shaffer first started As the prophet then John Colthorp received a revelation that he was to be the new prophet, so he took over. John is currently the prophet."

"Due to its absolutely unusual circumstances and unusual personalities I think this is a very unique case and It will continue to unfold and details will continue to emerge."

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Anonymous No. 16013 2018-01-13 : 16:33

I wonder if the long arm of the law will meet out equal justice & indignation on the Muslims engaging in child marriage???? I SERIOUSLY doubt it!

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