The RCMP have renewed their criminal investigation into the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C. after evidence surfaced that at least eight teenage girls were moved to the U.S. to marry into polygamous unions.
Documents filed in a B.C. court this week outline eight marriages involving the girls from Bountiful, some as young as 12 when they were taken to the U.S. to be wed.
Cpl. Annie Linteau confirms the province's attorney-general forwarded information about the new allegations to the RCMP, which has now launched a criminal investigation.
Cpl. Linteau says it's too early to reveal much about the renewed investigation, including what potential charges the Mounties could consider.
The RCMP has investigated the community several times in the past, but 2009 polygamy charges against Bountiful leaders Winston Blackmore and James Oler were thrown out on technical grounds.
The allegations that girls from Bountiful were married into polygamous marriages south of the border arose at an ensuing court case examining whether the law against polygamy is constitutional.
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