NM sect leader to be sentenced Tuesday

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - A judge has set sentencing tomorrow in Las Vegas for the head of an apocalyptic sect who was convicted of sexual misconduct with a teenage female follower.

Sixty-7-year-old Wayne Bent faces up to 18 years in prison for felony convictions on one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

State law requires a minimum of 3 years in prison on the criminal sexual contact conviction.

Bent and the then 14- and 16-year-old sisters who lay naked with him in 2006 contended the incidents were spiritual exercises.

Jurors acquitted Bent of a second criminal sexual contact charge involving the younger sister.

Bent leads The Lord Our Righteousness Church, which has a compound near Clayton.