Bent calls himself 'Son of God' in statement

KOB News 4, New Mexico/December 17, 2008

The New Mexico cult leader convicted of sex abuse charges on Monday continues to claim he's being persecuted.

Wayne Bent, who calls himself the Messiah, posted a long rant on his website.

"It is not illegal for a minor to lie naked on a bed next to an old man, but the social taboos forbid it," Bent said in a statement on his website.

Bent continues to deny that he touched the two teenage sisters who climbed into his bed naked.

He was found guilty for molesting one of the sisters. He still says it was a religious ceremony.

On the site, Bent continues to claim he was crucified and falsely convicted like Christ.

"The jury was a very good picture of the world and by convicting the Son of God for a crime that he did not commit, as they did with Jesus Christ, they have convicted themselves," Bent said in the statement.

The cult leader has said he will starve himself in prison.

At the end of this month, a judge in Las Vegas, New Mexico could sentence Bent to 18 years in prison.

For now, Bent remains at his cult compound in northeast New Mexico under house arrest until his court date.

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