COURTS: Filing against woman’s cousin comes after guilty verdict in polygamist leader’s trial. By Paul Foy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SALT LAKE CITY – Prosecutors filed a rape charge Wednesday against the ex-husband whose marriage was at the center of polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs’ trial. Prosecutors say Jeffs, 51, used his iron-fisted influence to force the girl to marry and submit to her husband. He is president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon splinter group along the Utah-Arizona line, where thousands revere him as a prophet. Jeffs is to be sentenced in November on two rape by accomplice counts, both of which carry a penalty of five years to life in prison. Steed’s arrest warrant was signed by a judge Wednesday, along with an order setting bail at $50,000. The first-degree rape count against him also carries a five-years-to-life sentence.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The charge against Allen Glade Steed came a day after Jeffs was convicted of rape by accomplice. Steed was 19 and his bride – also his first cousin – was 14 when they were married in 2001. He is accused of having sex with the girl against her will after the arranged marriage. Steed, now 26, testified at Jeffs’ trial that he did not force himself on the girl and said she initiated their first sexual encounter. He said he believed marrying the 14-year-old was right under “God’s law.” The rape charge was based on a complaint filed by a sheriff’s investigator, Jake Schultz, who said the trial established that the pair had sex and that the woman, now 21, convinced jurors it was without her consent. Schultz said Steed lives away from Utah most of the time. Prosecutors were negotiating his arrest Wednesday with his attorney, Jim Bradshaw, who didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.