Polygamist Sentenced to 10 Days After Boys Are Rescued From Pocatello Home


An Idaho man was sentenced to 10 days in jail after law enforcement pulled nine boys from his home in Pocatello after authorities said the boys were subjected to abuse. According to prosecutors, the boys were sent to live in the home by their parents for "repentance." 

Law enforcement accused Nathan Jessop of depriving the boys of food, hitting them with boards and brooms, and sending them out into the cold without jackets. According to a Bannock County Sheriff's Department report, one of the boys was kept in a furnace room for two days.

After sentencing Jessop in a Pocatello courtroom on Aug. 28, a judge returned six of the boys to their parents. Two of the children were sent to live with a foster family, and another boy has gone missing.

Jessop said the boys came from families who were members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He told authorities that the boys were sent to him by their parents "because they had been disobedient."

Law enforcement moved in when one of the boys escaped from the house and began telling authorities of the punishment that he and the other children had suffered.

Ultimately Jessop pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse and, in addition to his 10-day jail sentence, he was placed on two years' probation.