Alleged victims testify in Bent trial

KRQE News 13, New Mexico/December 10, 2008

Taos, New Mexico - The trial of cult leader Wayne Bent continued Wednesday morning as two sisters whose breasts he allegedly touched took the stand.

The younger of the two sisters, now 17, took the stand Wednesday morning. She told the jury that in July 2004, then 14, she felt very strongly that she needed God, and needed to lie naked with Bent, the leader of The Lord Our Righteousness Church.

"I love Michael!" she testified. Bent's followers call him Michael Travesser.

The girl said she ended up at Bent's trailer at the cult's Strong City compound in Clayton, where she told him how she was feeling. She said the two eventually ended up naked in bed.

"He asked me what he thought it would do for me," she testified. "I told him I wanted to be vulnerable and naked with God."

Bent is charged with criminal sexual contact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The girl's sister took the stand just before noon. News 13 will have her testimony in Wednesday afternoon's newscasts.

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