New Mexico cult leader released from prison early

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SANTA FE (AP) – A cult leader convicted of sex crimes in 2008 has been released early from a New Mexico prison after being diagnosed with skin cancer.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says 74-year-old Wayne Bent was released on supervised parole last week.

Bent was sentenced to a decade in prison for sexual behavior with two teenage girls at his northern New Mexico compound. Bent and his followers argue that the three were participating in a spiritual healing rite.

A judge ordered Bent’s release for health reasons, with the requirement that he have no involvement with children, undergo sex-offender treatment and register as a sex offender.

Bent’s attorney John McCall said in a hearing last month that Bent could lose his hearing without an ear operation scheduled for early March. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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