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2 in Colorado City plead not guilty to sex charges

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A former Colorado City police officer and another man have pleaded not guilty to sex charges stemming from polygamist marriages.

Rodney Holm, 38, and Terry Darger Barlow, 23, appeared last week in Mohave County Superior Court in Kingman.

Holm pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Barlow, 23, pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

The two were among eight men who were indicted earlier this summer on various counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and conspiracy related to so-called spiritual unions in Colorado City, a polygamist community in northern Arizona.

Holm was formerly a police officer in Colorado City and neighboring Hildale, Utah, another polygamist community. He was previously convicted in Utah of bigamy and illegal sex with a teenage girl that he had taken as a third wife.

The other six men previously entered not guilty pleas in superior court.

If convicted, authorities said each of the eight men could serve up to two years in prison.

Authorities are also still seeking the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Warren Jeffs was charged in Arizona in early June with counts that include conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.