Warren Jeffs' Misdemeanors Likely To Be Continued By Brother Lyle

Lyle Jeffs. Warren Jeffs misdemeanors will likely be continued by his brother, according to Flora Jessop, who escaped from his polygamist sect when she was 16 years old.

Warren Jeffs' misdemeanors will likely be continued by his brother, according to Flora Jessop, who escaped from his polygamist sect when she was 16 years old.

On Thursday, Jeffs was convicted after less than four hours of jury deliberations of sexually assaulting two underage girls in Texas. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

But Jessop says there are several people "waiting in the wings" to fill Jeffs' leader role in the fringe Mormon sect, including his brother, Lyle Jeffs, CBS News reports.

Jessop says Lyle Jeffs will likely take the helm of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).

She says Lyle Jeffs will continue Warren Jeffs' practices if he isn’t stopped in his tracks.

"This is not a practice that's going to go away," Jessop said. "I want the American people to understand that this is not the only polygamist group out there,” Jessop said.

“If we don't stand up and demand accountability from these groups, then it's building. It's growing. It's going to be moving into a neighborhood next to you,” she said.

Jessop says more people need to be held accountable in this case to deter others from behaving similarly, reports CBS News.

She says not only Warren Jeffs' wives should be prosecuted, but the mothers and fathers who turned their children over to Jeffs. Jessop said, "The 12-year-old that was on the tape we listened to in that courtroom, her father is the one who performed the ceremony, giving her to Warren Jeffs." Jeffs was convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl and fathered a child with a 15-year-old he'd taken as a wife, CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker reported. In 2008, Whitaker reported, police raided the FLDS compound  Mormon sect According to prosecutors, Warren Jeffs had 78 celestial wives -- 24 of them under the age of 17. Several sect members were convicted of arranging marriages of underage children, and Jeffs was charged with two counts of sexual assault, CBS reports. In the FLDS sect today, Jessop surmised, the people have probably been told that Jeffs is going to jail, but that God will deliver him. "That just kind of got shot out the window. But, you know, they're still victims, they're still paying the price, still being abused and we need to remember that,” she said, reports CBS.  
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