A guy who was found guilty of several crimes, including sex trafficking and using Sarah Lawrence College students as slaves, was given a 60-year prison term.
A release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York states that Lawrence Ray, the father of a student attending the college in New York, subjected a group of college students and others to sexual and psychological manipulation and physical abuse.
After relocating to his daughter’s dorm room at the university, he started in 2010 and continued for ten years. According to the press statement, he employed various methods to manipulate his victims, including sleep deprivation, verbal abuse, physical violence, threats of criminal prosecution, and others.
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“Larry Ray is a monster,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. “For years, he inflicted severe and lifelong harm on innocent victims. Students who had their lives ahead of them. He groomed them and abused them into submission for his gain. He took control of his victims’ minds and bodies through physical and psychological abuse and extracted millions of dollars from them.”
The allegations against Ray are supported by evidence that he utilized extortion to get payments through various means, including coercing his victims into making false admissions about the harm they had allegedly caused him, his family, and his acquaintances.
As a result of Ray’s manipulation, his victims spent their parents’ savings, opened credit lines, requested cash from friends, sold real estate ownership, did unpaid work for him, and engaged in prostitution.
According to the statement, Ray sexually groomed one female victim while forcing her to do commercial sex acts as payment for damages she didn’t owe. To coerce her into performing further sexual actions, he also snapped obscene images.
As a result of his physical and mental abuse, Ray also subjected three female victims to prolonged unpaid physical labor, sometimes in the middle of the night.
Now: Convicted sex cult leader Lawrence Ray has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Judge Liman handed down the sentence after hearing from three victims. Ray, wearing beige prison garb and headphones, did not apologize in his statement to the court or acknowledge his crimes.
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According to the press release, Ray avoided paying taxes on the proceeds of his acts by laundering them through an online domain firm.
In April, he was ultimately found guilty of all the allegations against him, including conspiracy to commit racketeering, violent crime committed in furtherance of racketeering, extortion, sex trafficking, forced labor, tax evasion, and money laundering.
In addition to the 60-year term, Ray was given a life sentence with supervision. He was required to forfeit more than $2.4 million, the proceeds from selling the North Carolina house where the forced labor took place, and a GoDaddy portfolio.