Canadian polygamist found guilty in child bride case

CRANBROOK, British Columbia (AP) — A former leader in a fundamentalist Christian sect that practices polygamy in the Canadian province of British Columbia has been found guilty of taking an underage girl to be married in the United States.

British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin said Friday it is reasonable to believe that James Oler knew the 15-year-old girl would be subject to sexual activity when he arranged her marriage to an older member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Oler was acquitted in 2017 by a judge who was not convinced he did anything within Canada's borders to arrange the girl's transfer to the U.S.

But the British Columbia Court of Appeal overturned the decision and ordered a new trial.