A coalition of Utah polygamous groups is denouncing the acts of child sexual assault for which church leader Warren Jeffs was convicted in Texas.
The Principle Rights Coalition represents five polygamous church, along with others who practice polygamy but are unaffiliated with any church.
In a statement Thursday, the coalition says its members are devastated that underage girls would be abused under the cloak of their religion.
Jeffs, who heads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Chris of Latter Day Saints, represented himself at this trial in Texas. He faces up to life in prison.
The coalition says it supports the prosecution of polygamists who abuse children.