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Man accused of child kidnapping now charged with sodomy of a child

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Man accused of child kidnapping now charged with sodomy of a child. (File photo: Salt Lake Tribune)

(KUTV) — John Coltharp, who is accused of child kidnapping, is now facing charges of sodomy of a child.

Samuel Shaffer stated in an interview that he was betrothed to Coltharp's daughter, and John Coltharp was betrothed to Shaffer's daughter.

According to deputy Sanpete County attorney Kevin Daniels, they both then allegedly married their own 4-year old daughters.

During the interview Shaffer admitted that as part of the process, he examined the genitals of Coltharp's daughter to confirm if her hymen was still intact. Shaffer claimed it was not.

On Dec. 5, 2017 a search warrant was served at three locations, including the storage containers used as their residence.

One container was used by Coltharp's mother and the two boys, one was used by Coltharp and the girls, and the other was used by Shaffer and the girls. The other locations were a single, wide mobile home trailer where two of the children were located. The third area was called "the junk yard," which contained three Conex storage containers, according to court documents. This is the area in which the other two girls were found in 55-gallon blue water barrels.

The search warrant requested to seize evidence such as computer equipment, digital storage, media storage, GPS units, surveillance equipment and mobile phones.

Court documents say the evidence described will provide evidence of child kidnapping, child abuse, human child trafficking, child sexual assault, custodial interference, threats against life and unlawful detention.

It's believed Samuel Shaffer belonged to a doomsday religious cult called The Knights of the Crystal Blade.

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