Brian Bentley

Brian Bentley

Brian Bentley was released from Teton County Jail on Tuesday after more than five months behind bars.

The 47-year-old Utah man pleaded no contest to criminal entry and criminal trespass Tuesday afternoon in Teton County Circuit Court.

The charges were related to stalking allegations.

Bentley was arrested in May 2019 after he was accused of driving to Jackson from Utah to stalk a 15-year-old girl.

He was charged with criminal trespass and criminal entry after a second female Jackson victim said he wouldn’t stop going to her mother’s house.

In court during a stalking protection order hearing, Bentley told Judge James Radda he was confused and thought the house “was somebody else’s property.”

The court had previously ordered Bentley to get a mental health examination, but he has not done so yet, his court-appointed attorney, Elisabeth Trefonas, said.

“He is renting a very expensive hotel room,” Trefonas said. “He isn’t currently working because he asserts he doesn’t need to.”

A Jackson man who has known Bentley for a long time testified that Bentley was stalking his 15-year-old daughter. The man said Bentley’s relationship with the teenager became “creepy” in recent years.

“Do you feel this connection?” Bentley reportedly texted the girl. “Next time I see you I want to make you mine.”

The man told Radda that his daughter received a call from police May 16 saying that Bentley was in town looking for her.

“She is afraid,” the man said of his daughter. “I don’t know what I would do if he came to my front door. I don’t want to be in this courtroom for something else, if you get my drift.”

Bentley was sentenced to the 165 days he has already served and released for another six months of supervised probation. The protection orders remain in place for the victims in the civil stalking cases.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

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