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 Michael Travesser

Wednesday December 17, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent The leader of an apocalyptic sect convicted of sexual misconduct with young female followers isn’t hoping for a break when he’s sentenced and likely wouldn’t live long in prison, his son says.

Jeff Bent said he believed it was the “end of the road for the world” because of his father’s conviction.

He sidestepped questions about whether the 45 or so church members would fast if Wayne Bent did while he was in prison. Church members had indicated last week that they would.

Monday December 15, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent Jurors in Taos on Monday convicted the leader of an apocalyptic northeastern New Mexico sect on one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Prosecutor Emilio Chavez told jurors the case was not about religion and that Bent must be treated like anyone else. [updated] [video]

Sunday December 14, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent Wayne Bent insists that he did nothing wrong by lying naked with two teenage girls, and that it’s common for him to kiss and embrace any member of his group.

Surrounded by his followers, Wayne Bent waited outside a Taos, New Mexico Courthouse on Friday.

News 13′s Mike Paluska asked Bent if he’d do it again. At first, Bent and his followers chuckled at the question and he refused to give an answer. However, he’d later respond. [video]

Saturday December 13, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent Jurors weighing criminal sexual contact charges against the leader of an apocalyptic New Mexico sect deliberated for more than five hours today without reaching a verdict.

Wayne Bent, 67, is accused of illicit sexual contact with 14- and 16-year old female followers.

Prosecutor Emilio Chavez told jurors in closing arguments that the case is “not about religion” and that Bent – who says the touching was a form of spiritual healing – must be treated like anyone else.

Friday December 12, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent The fate of the leader of a Union County religious sect accused of sexually molesting two girls was put in the hands of a Taos County jury Friday morning.

Wayne Bent, the leader of The Lord Our Righteousness Church and a self proclaimed Messiah, is charged with kissing and touching two sisters who lay naked with him.

If convicted of the two counts of sexual contact with minors, Bent could face up to 33 years in prison. [video]

Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent The leader of an apocalyptic religious sect told a jury Thursday that he lay in bed with and touched the sternums – but the not the breasts – of naked 14- and 16-year-olds.

Bent, 67, a self-described Messiah and leader of The Lord Our Righteousness Church, is faces two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. [video]

Thursday December 11, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
cult leader Wayne Bent Two teens who prosecutors say were sexually fondled by the leader of a northern New Mexico cult testified Wednesday morning.

Wayne Bent, the leader of a Union County cult that calls itself The Lord Our Righteousness Church, is standing trial in Taos.

Bent, a self proclaimed Messiah, has said that the incidents were not sexual in nature but, rather, were religious. [video]

Wednesday December 10, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent The parents of two teenage girls testified Tuesday they were already wary of cult leader Wayne Bent when they learned he had lain naked with their daughters.

The parents took the witness stand explaining how their opinion of Bent began to change when church members moved to Union County in northeastern New Mexico in 2000. That’s the same year Bent, also known to his followers as Michael Travesser, first claimed to be the messiah. [video]

Tuesday December 9, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent Wayne Bent, 67, lay in bed naked and “chest to chest, skin to skin” with a 14-year-old girl, Deputy District Attorney Tomas Benavidez told jurors. He had a similar encounter with her 16-year-old sister, the prosecutor said.

Bent, who calls himself Michael Travesser, was a minister for the Seventh-day Adventist Church but separated from that church 21 years ago and continued to preach. He claims God spoke to him in 2000 and told him he was the Messiah.

Monday December 8, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent The man who said that he only answers to god will soon be answering to a judge and a jury of his peers.

The trial of cult leader Wayne Bent is scheduled to begin Monday, on charges that he sexually abused some of his underage female followers.

Bent has predicted dire consequences for the world if he is put on trial. (Don’t worry, though. His prophecies — such as the world ending last Oct. 31 — are as fake as his claim that he is the Messiah). [video]

Monday November 3, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Lord Our Righteousness Church Members of the Lord Our Righteousness Church near Des Moines believed they would escape their earthly bondage and ascend to heaven Friday night. Their once-active Web site came down, and a church representative sent the Journal an e-mail saying he didn’t anticipate having anymore contact with the media.

But as a small crowd of people and a TV news crew looked on from the gate to the wind-swept compound, midnight came. And then midnight went.

Saturday November 1, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Cult leader Wayne Bent Cult leader Wayne Bent and his followers in The Lord Our Righteousness Church have been fasting to protest charges that Bent had illegal sexual contact with underage girls at his Strong City compound near Des Moines.

And his congregation believes they will ascend to heaven tonight, Jeff Bent, the church leader’s son, said Thursday. “We don’t anticipate any future beyond Oct. 31,” he said.

Friday October 31, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent The leader of an apocalyptic sect who is accused of sex crimes against underage female followers has been arrested for failing to appear in court.

Wayne Bent, who wants people to think he is Jesus, had promised to no longer cooperate with court proceedings.

According to him, his prosecution will lead to dire consequences for the world.

Monday October 27, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent Wayne Bent said it was 10 in the morning on a July day eight years ago when he was anointed by God as he sat in the same soft purple chair on which he relaxed during a recent interview.

“I was sitting there just looking out the window, not thinking of anything, not praying,” he said. “And suddenly Father came to me and called me Messiah.”

Wednesday October 22, 2008
Lord Our Righteousness ChurchMichael TravesserStrong CityWayne Bent:
Wayne Bent aka Michael Travesser The case against cult leader Wayne Bent — who believes he is the second coming of Jesus, but who also is accused of sexual contact with some of his teenage followers — will go to trial next month.

In a statement posted on his web site Bent predicts his prosecution will bring about the end of the world, and blames Wall Street’s financial crisis on the investigation into his activities.

The statement provides ample evidence of Bent’s religious delusions.

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