When the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, left upstate New York in the 1830s the trail to what is the present-day Salt Lake Valley was dangerous.
Last Tuesday, hours before a court-set deadline, Mr Kingston surrendered to the sheriff and was released on ,000 bail.
After driving 90 miles from their home south of Salt Lake City, her father had taken her to a remote barn. It was John Daniel Kingston, patriarch of one the largest polygamist clans in Utah.
He had punched her repeatedly and whipped her about 20 times with a leather belt. The girl said he had attacked her because she did not want to be the 15th wife of his brother, whom she had been forced to marry after her 16th birthday.
She had been beaten and abandoned by her father, she said.
But the girl began to fill in the details only reluctantly, and after hours of interviews at the sheriff's office.