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Sect member pleads not guilty to child sex assault

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas judge will allow prosecutors to use thousands of pages of documents seized during a raid on a polygamist ranch.

The decision will allow jurors in the upcoming trials of 12 men from the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to see some of the documents.

The documents come from an April 2008 raid on the FLDS-owned Yearning for Zion Ranch.

The first sect member to face a criminal trial pleaded not guilty Friday to sexual assault of a child.

Raymond Jessop entered his plea Friday before Texas District Judge Barbara Walther in San Angelo. He's set for an Oct. 26 trial in Eldorado, a tiny town of near the ranch about 40 miles south of San Angelo.

Defense attorneys had asked Walther to exclude the documents because the search warrant was based on fake domestic abuse reports.

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