Ouch

When you have as many children as Mormon fundamentalist (read: polygamist) Merril Jessop, this shouldn’t be too surprising:

A polygamist leader in West Texas has agreed to pay child support dating to 2003, when his then-wife left the sect with their eight children.
Frederick Merril Jessop, the bishop of the Yearning for Zion Ranch, signed the order in court Thursday. He will pay his former wife $148,000 for seven years of back child support.
Natalie Malonis, Carolyn Jessop’s attorney, said Friday that the bishop will pay $2,000 a month for the first six months and then $100 a month after that to cover the delinquent child support. Frederick Merril Jessop also will pay $2,450 a month to stay current.

Maybe he can pay it back by getting a reality show. (Carolyn Jessop, by the way, wrote a fine book about her defection from the FLDS.)

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