Texas authorities seize ranch were children were sexually abused
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:31:31 GMT —
CNN -- Texas authorities are now seizing the ranch that was used by polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs.
Prosecutors say Jeffs and others sexually abused children at the 1600-acre ranch.
Now, remaining sect members are moving their belongings and leaving -- as the state takes possession of the property.
Local officials are overseeing FLDS members removing their property from the Yearning for Zion ranch. While officials are not speaking on camera, they did confirm they are overseeing the process.
Current eldorado residents are glad this chapter of the their life may soon be over.
"I'm a Christian. That's what I stand for, that's what I represent, so I do not agree with what goes on at the compound," said Eldorado resident Madolyn Phillips.
The 51st Judicial Court directed the state to take the property Jan. 6. This is the next stage in the process.
"I hope it's almost over, so yes I would be very happy if it's almost over."
Pearl Vinlove has lived in Eldorado for almost two decades. She said she remembers when the ranch residents first moved to Eldorado.
"Well, personally I'm glad they failed. I cannot sympathize with their beliefs or their family practices at all," said Vinlove.
She said she hopes soon this will all be behind residents.