Case vs. polygamist still officially open
 
 
KINGMAN - The case against a former Colorado City police officer who was charged with sexual conduct with a minor is still officially open.

Rodney Holm, 40, who belongs to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had been charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Speaking by phone, Holm's attorney Bruce Griffen said he received an agreement from the county attorney's office a month ago and was not sure why the case was still on Monday's calendar.

Superior Court Judge Steven Conn postponed Monday's status hearing until next Monday and if Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith does not appear in court, Conn will dismiss the charges anyway.

In late August, Smith dropped the charges without prejudice providing that Holm completes 40 hours of community service and does not commit a similar offense for one year.

The agreement was reached because the alleged victim and her brother engaged in a blackmail attempt to get money from one of the leaders of the church. The victim reportedly wrote a letter saying she would not testify against some defendants if leaders of the church gave money to her brother and another man.

Seven other members of the Colorado City polygamist sect also faced charges including Dale Evans Barlow, 49, who pleaded no contest in April to conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. A charge of one count of sexual conduct with a minor was dismissed. He was sentenced earlier to three years on supervised probation and 45 days in county jail and must register as a sex offender.

Vergel Bryce Jessop, 47, pleaded no contest Dec. 18 to child abuse. He had been charged with sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced to three years supervised probation with no additional jail time.

Charges against Randolph J. Barlow were dismissed in February when the victim refused to testify against him. Barlow, 33, was charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

David Romaine Bateman, 49, was convicted in October 2006 of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced to nine months in state prison.

Charges against Terry Darger Barlow, 25, were dropped in October 2006. He was charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

In September 2006, a Mohave County jury acquitted Donald Robert Barlow, 50, of one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

Kelly Fischer, 39, was convicted in July 2006 of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced to 45 days in county jail.

The sect's leader, Warren Jeffs, 52, was convicted in September in St. George of rape charges in Utah and is expected to be sentenced next month. He is also charged in Mohave County with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor in a 2005 case. He also faces new charges of two counts of incest and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor in one case and two counts of incest and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor in another case.
 
MohaveDailyNews.com
Originally published Tuesday, October 30, 2007
 
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