Welfare check conducted at cult compound

KOB News 4, New Mexico/January 26, 2009

On Monday, deputies visited the Strong City Cult compound in Northeastern New Mexico to check-up on a young woman who's been starving herself since Wayne Bent was sent to prison, according to Bent's son.

Bent's son says the young woman has not eaten since December 30th. That's when Wayne Bent was sentenced to prison.

The woman, known as Esther, is protesting Bent's prison sentence for touching a naked underage follower.

Jeff Bent, the son of the cult leader, said Monday that deputies did a welfare check on "Esther," and then left.

On the Strong City website, Wayne Bent writes that he's been fasting himself, but he is trying to get the young woman to stop her fast. Bent is also pleading to be released on house arrest so he can be with the girl and convince her to eat.

Bent, according to a prison spokesperson, is in the medical unit at the prison in Los Lunas.

Bent is serving a ten year prison sentence on a conviction for criminal sexual contact of a minor.

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