Doomsday Cult Leader Indicted

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

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Apocalyptic Cult Leaded Arrested on Sex Charges

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

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