Strong City sect member removed from compound
A member of a northeastern New Mexico religious sect has been removed from the sect’s compound near Clayton by sheriff’s deputies so they can convince her to eat.
According to an entry on the Strong City Web site of The Lord Our Righteousness Church, a woman named Esther was taken by Union County deputies late Wednesday night, a day after they had checked on her condition at the sect’s compound.
Esther, also known as Aquinnah O’Keefe, has been fasting since the sect’s leader, Wayne Bent, was jailed for the sexual molestation of two teenaged girls. Bent, in an open letter in the Web site, pleads to be released from jail so he can convince Esther to eat.
Bent, who has maintained his innocence, is also fasting.
A Web entry reports that Esther was met late Thursday by deputies and an ambulance and said that she was being taken away from Strong City against her will.
Esther speaks about her fast Note: all information hosted at the strongcity.info address is produced by the Strong City cult. Links to the site are included for information and research purposes only.
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