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    Lawrence Ray charged with running sex cult using daughter’s Sarah Lawrence classmates

    A sex-trafficking svengali created a cult à la Nxivm — preying on classmates of his daughter at Sarah Lawrence College, Manhattan authorities said Tuesday.

    H/T: New York Post

    “Mr. Ray allegedly used his proximity to his victims to lay the groundwork for psychological conditioning, eventually leading several young adults to become unwitting victims of sexual exploitation, verbal and physical abuse, extortion, forced labor, and an egregious case of prostitution,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr.

    According to a statement from the Department of Justice:

    From in or about 2010 through the present, LAWRENCE RAY, a/k/a “Lawrence Grecco,” the defendant, subjected a group of college students and other victims to sexual and psychological manipulation and physical abuse.  RAY’s tactics included sleep deprivation, psychological and sexual humiliation, verbal abuse, threats of physical violence, physical violence, threats of criminal legal action, alienating the victims from their families, and exploiting the victims’ mental health vulnerabilities. 

    Through this manipulation and abuse, RAY extracted false confessions from the victims to causing purported damages to RAY and his family and associates, and then extorted payment for those purported damages through several means.  The victims made payments to RAY by draining their parents’ savings, opening credit lines, soliciting contributions from acquaintances, selling real estate ownership, and at RAY’s direction, performing unpaid labor for RAY and earning money through prostitution. 

    As alleged, through fear, violence, and coercion, RAY forced one female victim to engage in commercial sex acts to pay damages to RAY that she did not actually owe.  Beginning when she was just a college student, RAY sexually groomed this victim, and collected sexually explicit photographs and other personal information which he then used to coerce her into continued commercial sex acts.  RAY also used physical violence.  On one occasion, as alleged, RAY tied his victim to a chair, placed a plastic bag over her head, and nearly suffocated her.  In total, RAY collected over $500,000 in forced prostitution proceeds from this victim.

    Read the entire U.S. v. Lawrence Ray indictment below.

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