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  • Al Hartmann / AP

    A last look at the former home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

  • Al Hartmann / AP

    A last look at the former home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

  • Al Hartmann / AP

    A last look at the former home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

  • Al Hartmann / AP

    Jacob Ballsteadt, Land Acquisition and Entitlement with Garbett Homes looks at the bath tub in the birthing suite in one of four buildings of the former Alta Academy, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

  • Al Hartmann / AP

    A last look at the former home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

  • Al Hartmann / AP

    A last look at the former home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

  • Al Hartmann / AP

    A last look at the former home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

  • Al Hartmann / AP

    Demolition begins at the former Salt Lake County, Utah, home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs, Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

School once led by sect leader being demolished

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014 - 4:12 pm

A school where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs once served as principal is being demolished to make way for new luxury homes.

The former Alta Academy at the mouth of Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon still contains a birthing room and baptismal font.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1tu5Daq) that the religious group owned the property for about 35 years.

Jeffs served as principal starting in 1976. A nephew of his as well as a niece have testified Jeffs raped them there.

The 59-year-old Jeffs is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting underage girls that he considered wives.

A real estate company plans to build homes worth at least $600,000 on the 4 1/2 -acre property close to popular ski areas.





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