The leader of a Mormon polygamist group who was on the FBI’s most wanted list has been arrested and faces sexual misconduct charges, the FBI said Tuesday. Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, was captured after he and two other people were pulled over late Monday by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper north of Las Vegas, according to the Associated Press.
Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was wanted in Utah and Arizona on suspicion of sexual misconduct for allegedly arranging marriages between underage girls and older men. He has been on the FBI’s most wanted list since May, and a $100,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. Jeffs was indicted in June on an Arizona charge of arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old girl and a married man, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. In Utah he is charged with rape as an accomplice for allegedly arranging the marriage of a teenage girl to an older man in Nevada.