Legal women for Arizona polygamist sect leader deepens in Flagstaff court

Samuel Bateman

Samuel Bateman

Polygamist sect leader Samuel Bateman faces bigger legal hurdles after fresh information about a previously unreported child endangerment case was revealed in court late Friday,

Bateman sat in county jail and appeared via Zoom at Coconino County Superior Court in Flagstaff, as state prosecutors urged the judge to impose stiffer conditions on any release.

Judge Fanny Steinlage agreed, increasing his bond to $250,000 and forbidding Bateman any contact with the victims or minors.

Bateman has been in and out of jail since Aug. 28, when he was pulled over after Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers noticed he was towing three girls in a wooden horse trailer through Flagstaff. He bonded out a few days later and was rearrested on Sept. 13 by FBI agents. Federal prosecutors charged Bateman with destruction of evidence.

But towing young girls in a trailer was something he had done before, according to state prosecutors‘ courtroom claims during Friday’s hearing.

Colorado City marshals cited Bateman with a misdemeanor, on Aug. 14, for doing just that, according to state prosecutor Jonathan Mosher.

This information was entered as part of the prosecution’s attempt to raise the bar on Bateman’s release conditions, seeking a $500,000 bond and forbidding any contact with minors or the victims.

Adam Zickerman, the Flagstaff lawyer representing the 46-year-old Bateman, wanted to have the court throw out this motion because Bateman is already being held without bond in federal custody.

Mosher responded: “Now, look, I get it. Mr. Zickerman says, ‘Well, why does it matter? The feds have him on a hold?’ Well, the reason it matters to us is because we’re not the feds.”

After Bateman’s arrest in August, the Flagstaff Justice Court set an original bond at $150,000, which had been paid out with the help of “friends

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