Crown lawyers wrapped up in a case against the polygamous community of Bountiful who is charged with the removal of a child from Canada on Monday at Cranbrook.

James Marion Oler is accused of allegedly bringing his underage daughter from the Creston area into the United States to marry to American fundamentalist Mormon in June 2004.

The charge is filed under a relationship of authority or dependency.

Special Prosecutor Peter Wilson said Crown does not come to an end.

"The Crown has only proved to be, at some point during the unfolding of the events, that the accused intended or subjectively foresaw that [Oler’s daughter] would be subject to sexual contact, "said Wilson.

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Wilson walked through the Crown's evidence that Oler's daughter was born in the Creston Valley hospital and pointed to a school attendance record at Bountiful up to February 2004.

Witness testimony so places Oler's daughter in Bountiful James Leroy Johnson, member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

The wedding was ordered by Warren Jeffs, the FLDS president and prophet who arranged marriages for church members based on divine revelation.

According to church records seized by U.S. law enforcement 2 days ago at American FLDS community, Jeffs called Oler on June 23, 2004, and ordered him to bring his daughter into the United States to be married.

Three days later, they were wedded in one of 18 FLDS ceremonies that took place in a hotel room in Mesquite, NV.

A witness, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, is married in one of the ceremonies.

She traveled to the United States the day before the wedding, crossing the Canadian border south of Creston in a van with her parents.

Shortly after entering northern Idaho, the van pulled over at a rest stop and the witness went into the woods to relieve herself. When she returned from the forest, a second of which he had arrived.

This is the case for the one who remains behind.

Wilson thus argued that Oler should have known her daughter to be a FLDS doctor and the role of women in the faith.

During the trial, formerly FLDS members were tested that they were taught to the priesthood head – the father or husband of the family unit – what a divine directive.

Men were anointed into various levels of the priesthood, while women were taught to share their husbands and girls to obey their fathers. Refusal to obey consequences, such as removal from the community or a religious threat of damnation.

Women do not have financial assets, own personal vehicles and need permission from their orphanage or post-secondary education, according to former FLDS members. They were taught their role in the FLDS religion to be a celestial wife in polygamous marriages and bear children.

This is the second time Oler is being tried on the child removal charge, after he was recruited in Cranbrook Supreme Court two years ago. Crown successfully challenged the trial judge's decision at the B.C. Court of Appeal, which ordered a new trial last year.

Brandon James Blackmore and Emily Ruth Gail Blackmore, who were two co-accused in the first trial, were found guilty and sentenced to 12 months and seven months in jail, respectively.

Oler, who is self-represented, did not call any witnesses or mount a legal defense. However, Joe Doyle, who is serving as a friend of the court to make a fair trial, wants to present his closing arguments on Tuesday.


trevor.crawley@cranbrooktownsman.com
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