A US cult leader identified as Samuel Bateman, who calls himself a ‘prophet’, has been accused of having 20 wives, including his own daughter. The self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ has taken wives, one after the other, most of whom were minors under the age of 15. The bombshell revelation comes after an affidavit was submitted by FBI Special Agent Dawn A. Martin. During his time of running a cult, Bateman had at least 50 women followers.

Bateman was the head of a small cult belonging to the Mormon Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. After being accused of multiple heinous offences, he was held in the Arizona jail September. As per a NYPost report, the newest FBI affidavit filed accuses Samuel “of incest, group sex acts involving adults and children– some as young as 9 — and child sex trafficking”.

As per The Tribune report, the cult leader’s family told the investigators that he took his own teenage daughter as his wife after claiming to be a prophet in 2019. Soon, he somehow amassed 50 followers. His followers mostly include his wives, daughters, and sisters and mothers from two families.

Samuel allegedly told his daughters that they “sacrificed their virtue for the Lord” and that “God will fix their bodies and put the membrane back in their body”.

The Facts of the Matter

Despite living in the 21st century, where every problematic and objectionable reasoning can be countered by logic and wit, there are people who continue to be trapped under the lure of cult leaders. Male cult leaders across the world and spectrums have often been accused of using their authority to sexually exploit other female members of the cult.

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Arizona Cult Leader had 20 Wives, Mostly Under Age of 15

In one such development, a US-based cult leader, identified as Samuel Batemen, has been accused of marrying at least 20 wives, including his own teenage daughter. According to reports, most of Bateman’s wives were underaged, and were under the age of 15.

Further, he has been accused of demanding them to have sexual relations among one another and him, in a group setting. The newest allegations under Bateman came after FBI Special Agent Dawn A Martin filed an affidavit against him.

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Bateman Called himself “Prophet”

Bateman reportedly belonged to an offshoot cult associated with the Mormon Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ. It all started in 2019, when Bateman started to claim that he was a “prophet” and gained as many as 50 followers, and 20 wives, mostly minors under the age of 15.

In one triggering incident mentioned in the recently filed affidavit, Bateman had commanded three of his male followers to have intimate relations with several of his daughters, one of whom was barely aged 12.

“All out of love”: Cult Leader’s Reasoning for Offences

He had later said that the daughters had ‘sacrificed their virtue for the Lord,’ and added that “God will fix their bodies and put the membrane back in their body. I’ve never had more confidence in doing his will. It’s all out of love.”

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The Eventual Arrest

Bateman’s heinous actions came to a sudden and thankful halt earlier in September this year after he was transporting underage girls across the state lines. The SUV he was driving had two women and two minors aged 15. Further, the trailer with the SUV had three girls, all aged 11 and 14.

After being charged with multiple heinous offences, he was put behind the bars in Arizona. Meanwhile, nine underage girls were put into protective custody.


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