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Utah polygamist released from prison on parole after serving 6 years

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  • Convicted of child rape for having sex with 13-year-old girl, now his wife
  • Tom Green was also convicted of bigamy; he has 32 children with 5 women
  • Green claimed he married four other wives in religious ceremonies
  • Must get counseling and register as a sex offender as conditions of release
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- A Utah polygamist was released from prison Tuesday after serving six years on a child rape conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl who is now his only legal wife.

Two of Tom Green's sons -- he has 32 children with 5 women -- picked him up from the Utah State Prison early Tuesday, said Jack Ford, Department of Corrections spokesman.

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Tom Green was convicted of child rape in 2001 for having sex in 1986 with Linda Kunz, who was 13 at the time.

Green was to check in with his parole officer in Provo, Utah, and then would be freed, Ford said.

"I look forward to return to life in society and to begin carrying again the many responsibilities I have incurred," Green said in a statement.

Green said that his time in prison was a good learning experience and that he was treated well. He said he participated in lifestyle skills classes and therapy and worked in the prison's gardening program.

The prison did have a problem accommodating visits from Green's large family, Ford said. Green's relatives were allowed to visit only if they came with his one legal wife, Linda.

"We encourage family support; we don't encourage polygamy," Ford said.

Green, 59, was convicted in 2001 of child rape for having sex in 1986 with Linda Kuhn, who was 13 at the time and became his first wife.

Green was also convicted of bigamy, a charge resulting, in part, from several appearances he made on TV talk shows promoting polygamy. Green claimed four other wives whom he married in religious ceremonies. He was also convicted of criminal nonsupport for getting thousands of dollars in state welfare payments to support his many children.

He was sentenced to 5 years to life in prison. Among the conditions for his release are that Green complete counseling and register as a sex offender. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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