May 21, 2008
As previously reported by iNPLACENEWS, Wayne Bent aka Michael Travesser, the leader of The Lord Our Righteousness Church in New Mexico, was arrested for suspected sex crimes against underage girls in his cult. Now, he had been indicted on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
This indictment differs from when he was initially charged in magistrate court with crimes against three girls who previously lived on the church’s compound in a remote area near the Colorado line.
District Attorney Donald Gallegos said he made the decision to pursue indictments in district court to avoid an open preliminary hearing in magistrate court in which the girls could have been subjected to cross-examination by the defense attorney.
The original story can be found here
The follow-up to the original can be found here
May 13, 2008
This is not the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ ranchthat was raided last month in Eldorado after receiving reports that underage girls were being forced to marry much older men. Instead, this is the House of Yahweh, a much darker sect that the state has been investigating for quite a long time. In February, the group’s 73-year-old leader, Yisrayl Hawkins, was charged with performing polygamous weddings and forcing about 40 children — some as young as 11 — to work at his 44-acre compound found behind guarded, ornate gates at the end of a rural road.
May 9, 2008
One of the Manson Family cult boasted that there were three additional victims buried out at their ranch while in jail. Susan Atkins told her cellmate on November 1st, 1969 that were three more people that they had killed near the Ranch. More recently, visits from forensic scientists have found fresh eveidence to suggests that what she said may be true. Excavations and related investigations are scheduled to start soon. If these graves are found, it will ensure that the remaining cult members serve the remainder of their life sentences in prison without even a chance at parole.
More as this story unfolds…
May 6, 2008
New Mexico state police say they’ve arrested the leader of an apocalyptic church Wayne Bent on sex charges. Also known as Michael Travesser, 66-year-old Wayne Bent was picked up without incident Tuesday at the remote former ranch where he and his followers live, as reported by State police spokesman Peter Olson.The “Messiah” is now facing three charges of criminal sexual contact, stemming from allegations of inappropriate contact between Bent and children at the northeastern New Mexico compound.
Bent has admitted to having sex with his followers.
Officials recently removed two girls and a boy from the compound.
iNPLACENEWS originally posted a story about this here
May 5, 2008
State officials in Clayton, New Mexico have been aware of and investigating an apocalyptic cult, Lord Our Righteousness Church, that supposedly has child-molesting as part of its practices, whether stated or not in its mission statement. Although this is NOT an FLDS branch, it is not unlike the cult in Texas that recently was raided and had hundreds of children taken. A man who goes by Michael Travesser ((his real name is Wayne Bent (the bearded man in the above photo)) says he was anointed the Messiah by God in 2000 had told cult members that he must sleep with seven virgins. Recently, a father, John Sayer, who has two female children in the cult, left the cult after 16 years in hopes of saving hs family. Unfortunately, after their departure, the two girls (ages 14 and 15) returned to the cult. Children, Youth and Families Department got involved after a tip and removed the Sayer’s youngest last week. Two girls and one boy, all under the age of 18, were taken in the state-intervention.
Sayer says that his daughters were asked to just “lay naked” with Micheal, but that anything could have happened. He had continually denied the requests of Michael to make his daughters 2 of the 7 virgins he would sleep with. In a posting on the website for the cult, Michael said that he never had sex with minors nor did the cult involve any kind of molestation, child or adult.
Sounds all too familar these days. Stay tuned.
April 29, 2008
One of the girls (ages ranging from 14 to 17) taken during the raid on the Yearning For Zion (YFZ) ranch Eldorado, Texas, went into labor under guard of the state. The teenager was one of 463 children taken from the ranch and one of the 53 teenage girls that has either already given birth or had was pregnant. Now, obviously, she is a mother as a teenager. Due to the DNA testing and the large number of children involved, this case will be a very long and dragged out process.
April 28, 2008
Child Protective Services and the Courts handling the issues involving the rights and care for the children taken during the raid on the ranch compound of FLDS have started doing DNA tests and such to determine which fathers have had children with children. They found 31 out of 53 girls either had children or were currently pregnant. The numbers of people involved in this case assure that t wll take a very long time, both tough on the judicial system as well the chldren invlved.