Four wives, one in­quiry

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The new re­al­ity TV show “Sis­ter Wives,” fea­tur­ing a real-life ad­ver­tis­ing sales­man and four women he calls his spouses, has sparked a crim­i­nal bigamy in­ves­ti­ga­tion by po­lice in Utah, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

The show, fol­low­ing the lives of Kody Brown, 41, the four women and their 16 chil­dren, pre­miered on the TLC cable chan­nel Sun­day, catch­ing the at­ten­tion of au­thor­i­ties in the Utah town of Lehi, where the fam­ily lives to­gether in a large house.

No ar­rests have been made, but the in­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ings will be turned over to the lo­cal district at­tor­ney’s of­fice for re­view, Lehi po­lice Lt. Dar­ren Paul said.

The Brown fam­ily re­leased a state­ment Tues­day say­ing they were “dis­ap­pointed” but were aware of the risks of do­ing the re­al­ity show. Brown is legally mar­ried to just one of the women, but counts three oth­ers as “sis­ter wives,” a term in po­lyg­a­mist sects that refers to a hus­band’s mul­ti­ple mar­i­tal part­ners.

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