Beyond90Seconds.com has learned that Wayne Bent was released from jail this morning.
New Mexico Judge Gerald E. Baca issued a two page Order for Release on Thursday. The judge’s order was filed at the Union County Courthouse shortly after 8 o’clock (MST) this morning.
Beyond90Seconds.com contacted an employee at the jail in Clayton at about 9:45am (MST) today. The employee stated that Bent had been released from jail “about 30-minutes ago.”
When asked if any bond had been posted, the employee briefly consulted with a superior, then replied that information about Bent’s case can no longer be released.
When asked if the request for information would have been granted if the request had come from a TV station, the employee stated, “No.”
While unconfirmed, the employee’s response suggests the possibility that a Gag Order may now be in effect for Bent’s case.
Bent’s trial is scheduled to begin December 8. The leader of the Lord Our Righteousness Church is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Two days ago, Bent’s attorney filed an Emergency Motion for Release from Custody on her client’s behalf.
The judge’s order releasing Bent, filed this morning, appears below: