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Sarah Lawrence College: Lawrence Ray convicted of sex trafficking and other federal crimes
“Twelve years ago, Larry Ray moved into his daughter’s dorm at Sarah Lawrence College,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in the press release. “And when he got there he met a group of friends who had their whole lives ahead of them. For the next decade he used violence, threats and psychological abuse to try to control and destroy their lives. He exploited them. He He terrorized them. He tortured them. Let me be very clear. Larry Ray is a predator. An evil man who has done bad things.

Williams thanked the victims who spoke in court, noting that the verdict would not have been possible without their testimony. “We are impressed by their bravery in the face of incredible trauma,” he added.

CNN has reached out to Ray’s attorney, Marne Lenox, for comment.

  • Racketeering conspiracy
  • Conspiracy to commit extortion
  • Extortion
  • sex trafficking
  • Obtaining forced labor
  • Trafficking in forced labor
  • Conspiracy to Obtain Forced Labor
  • Violation of travel law
  • Four counts of tax evasion
  • money laundering

The sex trafficking conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison.

Over a period of years, Ray sexually and emotionally manipulated and abused a group of college students and other victims, according to the Justice Department.

According to the indictment, he extorted payments from the victims after tricking them into making false confessions about the damage they caused him, his family and associates. The victims emptied their parents’ savings, opened lines of credit and sold real estate to pay Ray. He also ordered victims to do unpaid labor for him and earn money for him through prostitution.

Ray forced a woman to engage in commercial sex acts to pay Ray damages – money she never owed, according to the US Attorney’s office. Ray groomed her when she was a student and collected sexually explicit photos and other information to coerce her into more commercial sex acts, the office said.

In one case of alleged brutality by Ray, he tied the woman to a chair, put a plastic bag over her head and nearly suffocated her, according to the indictment. He collected millions of dollars in proceeds of forced prostitution from that victim, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said in 2020 that the investigation was sparked by an April 2019 magazine article titled “The Stolen Children of Sarah Lawrence,” published on New York magazine’s The Cut. The private liberal arts college has approximately 1,700 students and is located in Yonkers, New York.

CNN’s Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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