TV plans put 'Sister Wives' family on radar of Lehi police

by | Sep. 28, 2010

News from Utah

Prosecuting polygamists for bigamy is rare in Utah.

In the past decade, only two polygamous men — Tom Green and Rodney Holm — were convicted of the third-degree felony and a justice court judge was removed from office for that crime.

Whether county prosecutors decide to file charges against Kody Brown remains to be seen.

The Lehi man and his four wives and 16 children are the subject of a new TLC docu-series called "Sister Wives." The day after the show premiered Sunday night, the Lehi Police Department announced it is conducting a bigamy investigation of the family.

At their home Tuesday morning, the Browns referred questions to a TLC publicist who later issued a statement from the family.

"We are disappointed in the announcement of an investigation, but when we decided to do this show, we knew there would be risks. But for the sake of our family, and most importantly, our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking."

Lehi Police Lt. Darren Paul said police became aware of the Browns in part because they planned to put themselves on TV.

"That played a role in bringing it to light. We started receiving calls from all over the place wondering what we intended to do," he said, adding the inquiries came from various sources. "I don't care to be more specific than that."

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