AP Interview: Texas Ranger says raid vindicated

August 11, 2011 - 5:45 PM
Polygamist Leader The Raid

FILE - This March 2, 2005 file photo, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound is shown under construction near Eldorado, Texas. Warren Jeffs begins serving a life sentence this week, after he was brought down by evidence ultimately uncovered in a raid and finally revealed in court. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — The Texas Ranger who led the heavily-scrutinized 2008 raid on a polygamist group's remote Texas compound says he feels vindicated now that the public has seen some of the damning evidence seized and used to convict its leader.

Capt. Brooks Long told The Associated Press after this week's sentencing of Warren Jeffs that the public got a slanted view of the raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound because the group spread misinformation.

Jeffs was convicted of sexually assaulting two child brides and sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

Prosecutors secured a swift conviction by presenting some of the damning evidence seized during the raid. Among the items seized were audiotapes of Jeffs allegedly sexually assaulting one of the girls.