Nearly a decade ago, a B.C. government social worker got a fax from Texas child protective services outlining how a 13-year-old girl from the fundamentalist Mormon community had been illegally taken by her parents to the United State to marry their church’s prophet.
That fax also included details about two 12-year-old girls from Bountiful who had been taken by their parents in 2005 to marry Warren Jeffs, who by then was a fugitive wanted on charges of sexually abusing under-aged girls.
That 2008 fax from a Texas official quoted from the same documents that were instrumental in the February conviction of the 13-year-olds’ parents, Brandon and Gail Blackmore.
For their crime committed in 2004, the Blackmores will finally be punished. Their sentencing is in August.
But the B.C. government needs to explain what — if anything — has been done to plug the gaping holes in the system that abandoned three vulnerable teens to their fate in a foreign country where they had no immigration papers, no access to education or social services and no way to come home even if they wanted.
It is a mystery why the 2008 fax with all that valuable information never made it up the chain in either the ministry of child and family development or to the attorney general’s office.
By 2008, there had been a great deal of reporting on sexual abuse allegations against polygamous leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints both in Bountiful and its sister communities in the United States.
That fax did surface in 2011. Lawyers for the B.C. attorney general’s ministry found it near the end of the constitutional reference case and had it admitted as evidence.
Brandon James Blackmore (pictured), along with Emily Ruth Gail Blackmore, appeared in Cranbrook Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing for their role in …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun