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Convicted polygamist sentenced to jail for removing child from Canada for a sexual purpose

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A convicted polygamist and former Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Bishop from Bountiful, BC has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for removing a child from Canada for a sexual purpose.

55 year old James Oler was sentenced in Cranbrook, BC Supreme Court Thursday.

He was found guilty in May of orchestrating the removal of a 15-year-old girl to be married into a polygamous relationship with another member of the FLDS.

Court heard it was at the instruction of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs in June 2004.

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He’s since been banished from the church and reportedly has no contact with his family, living a solitary life north of Edmonton.

Oler will be on probation for 18 months following his release.

With files from Bradley Jones of MyEastKootenayNow.com

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