Brian Bentley

Brian Bentley

A Teton County inmate was ordered not to have contact with six people after two alleged incidents.

Brian Bentley, 47, is accused of driving to Jackson from Utah to stalk a 15-year-old girl. Bentley’s address is listed as Salt Lake City, but he told the court he was most recently living in St. George, Utah.

Bentley was arrested May 16 for criminal trespass and criminal entry after a Jackson woman — a second victim — said he wouldn’t stop coming to her mother’s house.

“He went up the stairs and went inside and looked around my mother’s bedroom,” the woman told Teton County Circuit Court Judge James Radda during a protection order hearing.

The woman and her mother said Bentley is a stranger to them, and they’re confused why he keeps showing up at their house.

“I thought it was somebody else’s property,” Bentley told the court during a stalking protection order hearing.

Bentley was remanded into custody pending a psychological evaluation and later given a $5,000 bond.

“His history of assault charges is concerning,” Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Zane Aukee said in court. “We believe he might be a flight risk and poses a danger in the community.”

A Jackson man who has known Bentley for a long time testified that Bentley has been stalking his 15-year-old daughter. The man said Bentley’s relationship with the teenager has become “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 Judge 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. “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.”

It isn’t clear why Bentley kept showing up to the other victim’s house. But the woman told the court that he showed up at least twice even after they asked him to leave.

“I asked if he was looking for something, and he said he was waiting on friends to come home,” the woman said. “I told him he should leave.”

Bentley told the court that he believed that house was his Aunt Tammy’s.

“I saw it on Facebook,” he said.

The victim asked him why he insisted on coming back even after she explained to him that his aunt did not live there.

“I just thought they were playing with me and that they were the caretakers,” Bentley said. “I didn’t take it seriously.”

The woman called police when Bentley showed up again the next day. He was charged with criminal trespass and criminal entry, both misdemeanor charges.

“We ask for a significant cash bail at the court’s discretion,” Aukee said. “We also ask the court to order a psychological evaluation.”

Radda ordered a $5,000 cash bail after Bentley agreed to seek a mental evaluation immediately after release. Radda also ordered the defendant to find a job.

“When was the last time you worked?” Radda asked Bentley.

“Three years ago,” Bentley said.

“Were you planning on getting a job?” Radda asked.

“No,” Bentley said, to which Radda asked why. “Because I still have some money left over from selling my house.”

“I’m going to order you actively seek employment,” Radda said. “I don’t want you hanging around doing nothing all day.”

Radda granted two separate orders of protection against Bentley. The first one includes the 15-year-old girl and her two sisters. The other includes the woman, her mother and her sister.

“I do not know that woman, so it isn’t going to be a problem,” Bentley told Judge Radda. “I am not going to come looking for her or anything.”

He remains in Teton County Jail.

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

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

(1) comment

TERRENCE MILAN

Yeah, I'll bet employers are just getting in line.

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