Shocking ‘last’ words from ‘suicide’ cult leader jailed for sexually abusing virgin teens as victim’s father reveals ordeal

AN apocalyptic cult leader jailed for sexually abusing ‘virgin’ teenagers has said his chilling ‘last words’ that he is the ‘son of God’ and the world will pay for how he was treated.

Wayne Bent, 82, the unrepentant leader of Lord Our Righteousness Church, which is rumored to be a suicide cult, claims he has “committed no crime”, was “unjustly imprisoned” and was “crucified like Jesus”.

Wayne Bent, self-proclaimed messiah and leader of the Strong City cult

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Wayne Bent, self-proclaimed messiah and leader of the Strong City cultCredit: Handout
Bent and his followers live here in this remote religious community near Clayton, New Mexico

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Bent and his followers live here in this remote religious community near Clayton, New MexicoCredit: Adam Gray /SWNS
Bent supporters believed the world would end in 2007

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Bent supporters believed the world would end in 2007Credit: Adam Gray/SWNS

In the lengthy and rambling recording, eerily titled “Messiah’s Last Words,” posted online by one of his followers, Bent professed his innocence before saying, “I’m done,” adding, “It’s time the dead are judged.”

His comments angered the father of two of the victims – who told The Sun the convicted sex offender should finally take responsibility for what he did.

Bent, who changed his name to Michael Travesser, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of lying naked in bed with two sisters in 2006 in various incidents at his Strong City compound outside of Clayton, New Mexico to have lain between the ages of 14 and 16 .

A former church member revealed that Bent had told his followers that God commanded him to “sleep with seven virgins”.

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SEX WITH SON’S WIFE

Bent has also openly admitted on camera to having had sex with his son’s wife on multiple occasions because “God made me do it,” saying God made him fall to the ground and back and forth over his daughter-in-law to rock.

During his trial, Bent denied the allegations against his underage victims, insisting that he only placed his hands on the girls’ sternums, not their breasts, as part of spiritual purification rituals.

The younger girl said lying naked with Bent was a “religious healing experience.”

ABUSE OF MINORS

However, he was found guilty of criminal sexual contact with a minor and two counts of contributing to a minor’s crime and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He managed to secure an early release seven years into his sentence after suffering from skin cancer and returned to his Strong City compound where he continued to preach to his followers.

The father of the two victims, a former cult member whom The Sun does not name to protect the victims’ privacy, said: “He [Bent] warned against taking this path, even his own son told him, “Don’t do that, you’ll get yourself into trouble,” and he decided to do it anyway.

“He created his own circumstances to get him where he was and that’s what he always preached to us, that if you break the law you have to go to jail and accept your punishment.

“But he complained about it from day one and said, ‘People are following me.’

“He broke our trust”

“Dude – you made it. You established your own circumstances and then complained about them.

“He doesn’t practice what he taught us, he taught us to be responsible, and when God puts you in jail, he puts you in jail for a reason.”

While the father insisted that he and his daughters had now walked away from the cult and lived their own lives, he admitted to Bent’s actions and the court case caused immense trauma in his family.

“We were all stressed,” he said.

“It was a lot, our whole heart was involved, everything was involved. He broke our trust.”

He added that Bent lured him into the cult because he was “very persuasive,” but he now has no contact with Bent or any of his followers.

“We haven’t spoken to any of them since the trial. We’re out. He can do whatever he wants,” said the father.

“They do their thing, we do our thing, just let them do their thing.

“It is what it is. Pretty much all the kids have left all the adults out there now.

“If you want to walk this path, you will.”

Former cult member

“I learned a lot from that experience, it was an eye opener so I’m taking something from that.

“It taught me to think for myself and not just follow what other people say.

“He’s quite persuasive about a lot of things and a lot of them [his followers] are fanatics, so if they find something that aligns with what they already believe, they will follow. You can make yourself believe what you want.

“Those who didn’t go, it was all a decision by everyone.

“If you want to walk this path, you will.”

REMOVED AND ISOLATED

The religious community lives in the remote and isolated valleys of the New Mexico desert, about 50 miles from the nearest town along a dirt road.

When The Sun attempted to visit Bent and his followers, the property was off-limits to outsiders and surrounded by “Keep Out” and “Keep Out” signs.

About a dozen trailers and makeshift homes could be seen far off the road.

A neighboring rancher, whose property is adjacent to the Strong City compound, confirmed that it belonged to the cult, adding: “Most of the time I don’t see the cult people.

“I picked one up once when he was hitchhiking, but mostly they keep to themselves.”

SUICIDE RUMORS

The cult has been plagued by rumors that Bent is about to lead his followers to suicide, although he has claimed in the past that it is not a suicide cult.

Now, in his Last Words YouTube video, Bent claims he’s getting old and wanted to use the last of his energy to set the record straight.

However, he continues to make derogatory comments about other churches and express homophobic opinions on gay marriage – what he calls an “abomination”.

LAST WORDS

“I was put in jail and charged with crimes I didn’t commit…

“I’m going to be 82 years old, my eyes and hearing aren’t strong, and my brain really isn’t strong either

“So, with the last bit of strength I want to comment on everything that has happened.

“I was put in prison for a crime I did not commit which involved touching a minor’s sexual parts.

“These two minors were in court and testified that I did not commit this crime, but the court lied and the prosecutors, the judge and the jury all lied.

“They gave me an 18-year sentence and suspended eight of them. I was put in prison for seven years and 42 days and the prophecy was fulfilled.

God told me I was the Messiah.”

Wayne Bent

“Prior to that time, as I sat here in my home, God told me I was the Messiah… but just as Jesus was crucified for his testimony, I was crucified for mine…

“The world judged itself by judging me.

“I’ve been telling people for a long time that what they do to me will be done to them, and that’s how it was..

“The government is destroyed, no president will ever be accepted, the presidency is destroyed, Congress is destroyed, Washington DC is destroyed, all because they destroyed me and my children and my city.

‘I’M DONE’

“I no longer belong to them, I no longer take their shots, I no longer vote for their false prophets and false kings. Not anymore, I’m done.

“The devil can have it, if these people want the devil to let them have it, that’s fine, I won’t intervene anymore.

“But some of you who see this video will awaken to eternal life. You won’t sleep in the dirt anymore. It is time for the dead to be judged, and that judgment is now dead.”

The cult has been the subject of many documentaries, including National Geographic’s Inside A Cult: Messiah on Trial and The End of the World Cult.

In May 2007, Bent sparked fears of a mass suicide after writing on his website “I’m ready to go” and “I want to take all my kids with me”.

One of his supporters spoke to news outlets about her death wish in 2009, saying she was on a hunger strike and did not want medical treatment unless Bent was released. A judge later intervened and ordered her to get into an ambulance and receive medical attention.

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Attempts to reach Wayne Bent at both of his New Mexico addresses were unsuccessful.

The Sun reached out to two of his followers, including Gabriel Travesser, who appears in the video with him for comment, but received no response.

Bent, 74, was convicted in 2008 of criminally having sexual contact with a minor and contributing to a minor's crime

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Bent, 74, was convicted in 2008 of criminally having sexual contact with a minor and contributing to a minor’s crimePhoto Credit: New Mexico State Police
Bent being escorted by sheriffs to his first court appearance in Clayton, NM in 2008

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Bent being escorted by sheriffs to his first court appearance in Clayton, NM in 2008Credit: AP
The facility is 50 miles from the nearest town

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The facility is 50 miles from the nearest townPhoto credit: SWNS
It is surrounded by no entry signs and cannot be accessed from the main road

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It is surrounded by no entry signs and cannot be accessed from the main roadPhoto credit: SWNS

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