Former leader of the fundamentalist Christian sect practicing polygamy in Bountiful, BC, is found guilty of removing a juvenile Canadian girl to marry in the United States.
Prior to Christ, Supreme Court Judge Martha Devlin says it is reasonable to believe that James Oleur knew that the 15-year-old girl would be subject to sexual activity when she settled her marriage with an older member of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Oleur is acquitted in 2017 by a judge who is not convinced that Olar had done anything within Canada to arrange the transfer of the girl to the United States.
But B. the Court of Appeal overturned the decision by saying that proof of abuse in Canada was unnecessary and ordered a new trial.
Oler had represented himself and had not called any witnesses, nor had he charged at the re-examination.
Lawyer Joe Doyle, who serves as a friend of the court to ensure a fair trial, claims that a four-day break in the 15-year-old girl's location is sufficient to challenge her if she was taken out of Canada in 2004.
A special prosecutor claimed that Oler had to know that the girl would be subjected to sexual activity after her marriage, based on the nature of church doctrine and the impotent role of women in the faith.