NM cult leader arrested for failure to appear
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) – 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.
State District Judge Gerald Baca had asked Wayne Bent to attend a hearing after Bent promised to stop cooperating with court proceedings. Baca issued a bench warrant when Bent didn’t show up.
Union County sheriff’s deputies arrested Bent yesterday at his compound, Strong City, in northeastern New Mexico.
Baca ordered Bent taken to a medical center in Clayton for evaluation before going to jail.