AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A polygamist group member is appealing his conviction in Texas on child sex abuse charges, citing jurisdiction issues.
A lawyer for Raymond Merril Jessop asked the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin on Wednesday to overturn his conviction and 10-year sentence.
Jessop was the first member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be tried after a 2008 raid at the group's Yearning for Zion ranch in West Texas.
Jessop was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who gave birth to his daughter.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that Jessop's attorney, Clinton Broden, argued prosecutors never proved the sexual encounter happened in Texas.