Breaking News: Wayne Bent arrested

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-Beyond90Seconds.com VIDEO interview with PRUDENCE WELCH

-From KRQE

According to the affidavit for Travesser’s arrest warrant:

* One girl told officials she and Travesser had lain naked in July 2006 when Travesser allegedly kissed her and touched his chest to hers.
* A few days after that, another girl said she had lain naked with Travesser. The two had allegedly kissed as a husband and wife, and then Travesser allegedly kissed her breasts.
* Then, in April 2007, a third girl said she had lain naked with Travesser, although Travesser was clothed. Travesser then allegedly laid chest to chest with her. She was 12 years old at the time.
* A 16-year-old boy told officials that ten people had received letters from Travesser. Seven of the ten were chosen, but not the boy who talked to officials. He had said that several people told him that the seven had lain naked with Travesser. In the community, he said, people were considered married when they slept together.

-Bent’s son, Jeff Bent, posts the following on The Lord Our Righteousness web site:

This morning at about 8:15 AM, officers from the State Police “Impact Team” served an arrest warrant on my Father, Wayne Bent aka Michael Travesser. He was arrested and taken to the State Police annex in Clayton for questioning. They then booked him into the Clayton city jail. I was told by the agent in charge of the case that the arrest warrant specified charges of three counts of sexual contact with a minor, and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The bail was set at half a million dollars.

The State Police asked me to come to the courthouse in Clayton so they could question me. After my interview I, and a couple of other people went over to the State Police annex where Michael was being held. They were just escorting him out. He was in handcuffs, but looked serene and contented.

I expect we will be updating this site soon with a more complete response to these false charges, and the meaning behind these new events.

-Albuquerque Journal story confirms arrest:

State Police this morning arrested cult leader Wayne C. Bent, *67, and charged him with three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and are now interviewing Bent in Clayton, state Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson told the Journal’s Thomas J. Cole. -Albuquerque Journal

(*Although the Albuquerque Journal reports Bent is 67, a prior record of an Idaho drivers license once held by Bent states he was born May 18, 1941. If true, that would make Bent 66 at this time).

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According to an e-mail I have received at 9:21 this morning from a member of The Lord Our Righteousness Church, Wayne Bent (aka Michael Travesser) is now in State custody.

The information comes at the end of the following e-mail received this morning:

Dear Mr. Horner,

I am writing, first of all, to tell you that I appreciate the fairness of your approach to the news about our little community here at Strong City. Yours was a “fair and balanced” that has never been remotely entertained by Fox News, and likely any other mainstream media outlet.

Even with the contact and knowledge I have of the media, I was nevertheless appalled at the blatancy of the outright lies, distortions and misrepresentations propagated by the British filmmakers. If the names, faces and voices were disguised, and there remained only the producer’s description of the events transpiring here (even though I have been a first-hand participant in this community since its inception, and known Michael for nearly thirty years), I would not have recognized the film as having been about us — so thoroughly fabricated was it. The National Geographic’s cut of the documentary was much fairer, however, but even there, as would be expected, they presented their own viewpoint of matters, which naturally carried with it the distortion that comes from those not personally involved.

Also my purpose for writing is to inform you that the police came to our land this morning, shortly after eight o’clock, and arrested Michael. It will be interesting to learn what the charges against him are, since I very well know that no laws have been broken here. I thought, in light of your fair treatment of our case, you should be one of the first to know this, rather than the serpentine organization of the media.

Regards,

Gabriel

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17 Responses to Breaking News: Wayne Bent arrested

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    Jeremy May 6, 2008 at 5:26 am #

    Interesting letter Mark. We’ll see what happens. The investigating agency should hold a press conference about this (not sure if that is going on yet), considering this is going to draw a lot of attention. I wonder what specific evidence they have….

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    hornerscorner May 6, 2008 at 5:36 am #

    This will prove to be an interesting day, Jeremy. Thanks for posting your thought here!

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    CryTears May 8, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    I have an inkling Bent Weinys son was NOT a San Fransisco Police officer as published.
    I’ll bet you anything he was only a reserve or rent a cop!
    This guy is not material for law enforcement!
    This story is going to end up a total tradgedy, with deaths.
    Bent Weiny will end up dying in jail, his followers will take this as gods message for them to end their lives.
    The bible speaks volumes regarding false prophets. When satan is done with them, they end up suffering terrible endings.
    Mr Bent Weinys predictions of world ending when HE said it will, just proves this man is full of disjointed thoughts.
    All he thinks about is putting his penis into women. What a horney dirty filthy perverted psycho!…and his followers are just as perverted.
    The giggling girls

    Mr Bent Weiny talks about that US on the outside his compoud have nothing other than playing our DVD’s, going to cinema’s, waging wars…and lust satisfied! WHAT??? Who’s lust is being satisfied? HIS!
    This man has no idea how our family and those I know in my church lives…we aer NOT playiing our DVD’s going to cinemas and waging war! And for sure we are not having sex with children!
    When satan is finished making a mockery out of you and your group, this will come to a very shocking ending….and soon!
    Mr Bent Weiny will be dead before summer! wait and see!
    He’s nothing more than another David Koresh, Jim Jones and Applewhite, all dilusioned messed up minds!
    Those 2 girls who sat on the rock stating they can’t wait for the end to come, in just a few days as Mr Bent Weiny says…what say you now girls? The time has come and gone! come back when you’ve grown up, had lots of therapy, then see what you say 20 years from now when non of this has come to fruition as your god says. He’ll be dead and gone by then. You will look back on this with much shame.

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    hornerscorner May 8, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    CryTears,

    Thank you for your comment. We’ll see what comes to pass.

    Sincerely,
    Mark

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    Jerry Montelius May 10, 2008 at 7:10 am #

    Cry Tears,

    Jeff was a Deputy Sheriff in Riverside California for several years. He was even wounded in a gnu fight the performance of his duty. So, I would suggest you get your facts in gear before letting out the clutch to you unsavory mouth.

    The definition of documentary is: “Interviews with people involved with real events to provide a factual record.”

    However, that film in no way could be defined as a documentary. About a hundred hours of filming was done here. Personal interviews of the people involved were filmed, and precious little was used. Instead he used pictures of mailboxes, pumpkins, a lizard, etc. Each shot of this nature was calculated to create an effect on the mind of the viewer. Poor CryTears is a perfect example of innate gullability.

    On one occasion he asked Michael and the people who were there to just sit back and relax while he filmed. He then used those shots to fit into his own story as he gave his voice over. Anything that looked unusual was crafted to deceive. On his last day just before leaving he tried pushing his camera at the children to get a reaction that he could use, but it didn’t work as they gave him no reaction to make something out of.

    The original British production which aired on Dec. 12th was anything but that. An astute observer with a little mental alertness would have been able to sence something amiss just by the spooky music and sound effects. The National Geographic rendition is only a cut above the original, in that they had the intelligence to leave out the spooky music, and avoid a number of the widely exposed blatant lies Ben Anthony told.

    Ben Anthony was a likable fellow and seemed as though he was going to be fair and unbiased. But upon his last visit here he showed himself to be quite the opposite. In the final interview he said that the children have not had a chance to “experience the world properly.” “Without Michael’s skewed interpretation of it”. Well, thanks to Ben’s inadvertent stupidity, he exposed his fained concern for the children’s welfare by revealing what manner of man he is through his skewed interpretation of what really occurred in this land.

    The children want no part of Ben’s world. He only confirmed, in high definition, living color what Michael has already taught them about his world.

    Ben has said that Michael was controlling and manipulative, and that he uses us for his own purposes. He exposes himself again. For these are just the tactics that he has used in the way he produced this film, and he used us fraudulently to make his money and it mattered not if he told the truth.

    He knew very well that we had no thought of the end of the world on Oct. 31st. He was told by everyone he asked, “I don’t know”. He also knew that Dec. 15th was not the setting of a “NEW DATE”. We have been aware of this date for over 3 years and he knew that very well. He deliberately lied in the making of this film.

    The truth has been presented in “Experiencing the Finished Work”, and I noticed that our main detractor, speaking to Mark Horner stated that she had not seen all of it. People who are against us find it difficult if not impossible to view this as it completely exposes their imagined story. How could anyone listen to and look into Healed eyes and assume that she had been used, molested or abused. But then, if one has the Adversary as their spirit anything is possible.

    I saw a documentary on Jones Town recently. Very little voice over was done. Almost all of the story was told by survivors, both of the group themselves and of those who were from Congressman Leo Ryan’s entourage. I would have to say that this qualified as a documentary.

    So, CryTears, I suggest you have chosen a fitting name, for soon you will not be able to stop.

    Regards Mr. Horner
    Jerry

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    hornerscorner May 10, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    Hello Mr. Montelius,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important story. I appreciate the time you took to write out your comment.

    So far, the comments on this blog (admitedly there have not been a lot), seem to have been sincere and heartfelt by those who’ve posted them; something I much prefer to read than the quick jabs lacking much substance not uncommon to the blogosphere.

    Once again, thank you for your contribution here.

    Best,
    Mark

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    Mercy Chanter May 10, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    CryTears, by your choice of words I take it you were not inspired by the Holy Spirit. The only one I see here with “disjointed thoughts” is the fruit of the spirit in you. It is obvious that your thoughts and words were not given to you by Father.

    “James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his own heart this man’s religion is vain”

    …just as it is written,

    “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD,
    AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN,
    ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”

    “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; FOR THE SPIRIT SEARCHES ALL THINGS, even the depths of God. FOR WHO AMONG MANKIND [worldly-wise] KNOW THE THOUGHTS OF A MAN EXCEPT THE SPIRIT OF THE MAN WHICH IS IN HIM? [“2 Corinthians 4:4″]. Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. NOW WE HAVE RECEIVED, NOT THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD, BUT THE SPIRIT WHO IS FROM GOD, SO THAT WE MAY KNOW THE THINGS FREELY GIVEN TO US BY GOD, WHICH THINGS WE ALSO SPEAK, NOT IN WORDS TAUGHT BY HUMAN WISDOM, BUT IN THOSE TAUGHT BY THE SPIRIT, COMBINING SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS WITH SPIRITUAL WORDS. but A NATURAL MAN DOES NOT ACCEPT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD, FOR THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS TO HIM; AND HE CANNOT UNDERSTAND THEM, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY APPRAISED. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST [the anointed one].” 1Corinthians 2:9-16

    Looks like your church did not teach you well, for if they did you would know the difference between the “fruit of the flesh” and the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:19-23)

    “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:25

    You wrote “This man [Wayne Bent] has no idea how our family and those I know in my church lives…”

    Oh, but he does, this is why he does not want to be part of your world!

    “… whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” James 4:4

    Who’s lust are you satisfying?

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    happycarnut May 14, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    I also left the Adventist church, but for different reasons and with a far different outcome. First of all, Wayne was here in northern Idaho before he went off to live in the desert with his ascension robes and his follower’s money. And he HAS predicted the return of Christ on specific days. I KNOW this is a fact. He also engaged in sexually innapropriate misconduct while in Sandpoint.
    Many of his followers left him after his date setting sort of backfired on him. As most of us here suspect, Wayne likely decided that God “told” him he was the messiah to cover up to his little flock that he was mistaken about the return of Christ. Or else he was on some good drugs. Apparently the peyote is more plentiful in NM than here. In the meantime he likely also figured out the side benefits to being the “son” of god (little “s” and “g” on purpose…) I admit he is the son of something, but doubt his divine parentage.
    He has completely misrepresented the Bible to fit his narrow views for which God will hold him accountable. For him to think God has made him the sole repository of truth is at the least egotistical and at worst blasphemy. No, I don’t envy him, I am not trying to rewrite God’s Word or give It any other meaning, and I sleep with my OWN wife to whom I have been legally married for 32 years.
    By the way Jerry, not to denigrate Jeff’s service, but why on earth would he want to fight with a gnu? Doesn’t he know how dangerous these wild animals can be???

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    hornerscorner May 14, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    Hello happycarnut,

    Quite an interesting comment. Thanks for checking out this blog.

    You wrote that Wayne Bent “also engaged in sexually inappropriate misconduct while in Sandpoint.” Are you alleging such misconduct with minors?

    Best,
    Mark

  10. avatar
    frits May 19, 2008 at 12:16 am #

    lamb of god beware the false prophet.

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    adam May 19, 2008 at 10:58 am #

    This guy Wayne bent is pure evil he prays on people who are spiritually lost, then has them give him money and then sleeps with their wives saying god wants this to happen, it removes all control and emotionial connection those families have with eachother furthering there own down fall into his weird reality. He needs to be imprissioned for along time then told that Jesus never raped youg girls or commited adultry.

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    Jerry Montelius May 19, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    I don’t know who Happycarnut is but the lack of a real name is sufficient to discard his word. I have known Wayne for 20 years as well as a number of others here have, and no such thing has happened as reported by this HC nut fellow. If anything, Wayne has had to deal with a handful of fanatics and power hungry people who have been very aggressive in setting dates and other goofy behaviors. I have watched them come and go. Often I wondered why they were allowed to do some of the things they did. But Wayne was one who let God deal with the problem, and it has always worked. He has been merciful to a fault with the erring, and I have experienced this personally for I have been chief among them.

    Regards Mark,
    Jerry

  13. avatar
    Geus May 25, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    Okay you bashers:

    George W Bush is not a President, but a Criminal just like most of the rest of these white immigrants from Europel, that is stealing from Native Americans.

    George W Bush says he is a Republican, but wants to bring Democracy in Iraq, so he is actually a Democrat!

    Lies lies lies.
    Your country is based on lies and deceit.
    The Pilgrim Fathers where also a “cult” like Strongcity, that had to flee for Bloody Mary. Cheers. The Pilgrim Fathers would flee to my country, Holland, from where they went to America, to become the founding Fathers. Where must Strongcity flee?

    And it is not personal, because over here in Europe, we have the same problem with this popish Counter Reformation Cult, running the governments, an countries filled with cowards that are to afraid to acknowledge the Truth. Difference here is, that I am a Native, a Native European, and if I encounter a Real American, I suspect such a one living in a teepee, although maybe a modern version.

    Yes I am angry.
    Because I have been following the Strongcity movement since 2001, that is the bravest bunch of people I know in America, because of WACO in 1993. The way these bashers are attacking the innocent, is not because they are evil, bur because they are to much cowards, to attack the REAL ENEMY! Innocent and holy people are easy to attack, because they do not kill and are friendly.

    So I must conclude, US European immigrants are not brave. When I see these comments. Cowards with a big mouth. Roman Catholics I must guess, from my experience from Europe.

    MY KING MUST BE SAFE

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