Brian Bentley

Brian Bentley

Brian Bentley is back behind bars just two days after he was released from Teton County Jail.

The 47-year-old Utah man served the better part of the last six months in jail for criminal entry and criminal trespass charges that were related to stalking allegations.

Bentley is being held without bail based on the prosecutor’s motion to revoke his probation.

He was arrested Friday because he wouldn’t leave the Good Samaritan Mission after being kicked out, according to police.

“I don’t even know what to say about the mission,” Bentley said in court. “I was allowed two days there and they threw me out before my two days was up.”

Bentley was released from jail last week after he pleaded no contest to criminal trespass and criminal entry and was sentenced to time served and six months of probation.

According to prosecutors, Bentley didn’t check in with his probation officer like he was told to.

“I am concerned that I ordered you to report to probation and you didn’t do that,” Teton County Circuit Court Judge James Radda said. “I am also concerned about the new charge that you didn’t depart the Good Samaritan Mission when you were told to. You just spent almost six months in jail on a similar charge.”

Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Zane Aukee said Bentley has a felony aggravated assault conviction in Utah. He asked the court to hold the defendant without bail.

“He made no effort to contact the probation and parole office or follow the terms of his release,” Aukee said. “I think this is necessary to protect the safety of our community.”

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 civil hearings the court ordered stalking protection orders for the victims. Those are still in place.

Radda told Bentley to get a mental health assessment.

“It appears to me that you are in a pattern of criminal behavior that is self destructive and I’ve been ordering you to get a mental health assessment for months now,” Radda said.

Bentley will be back in court Feb. 13.

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

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