The father of a former student at Sarah Lawrence College in New York was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of running a sex cult out of his daughter’s dorm room.
Lawrence Ray, 60, an ex-convict whose best man at his wedding was former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, was charged with nine counts of sex trafficking, extortion, forced labor and money laundering, authorities said. . .
Investigators said at a morning news conference that Ray drained $1 million from the bank accounts of college kids, while subjecting them to psychological torture. The cult included forced labor, prostitution, and mentally and physically abusing his male and female victims, prosecutors said.
“Ray put a knife to one male victim’s throat, brandished a knife and threatened to dismember another male victim, grabbed a third male victim around the neck until he passed out, slapped a female victim and grabbed another female victim by her head before shoving her to the ground,” Geoffrey Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said. “After enduring Ray’s abuse, seven of his victims falsely confessed to having harmed or attempted to harm Ray. Ray, who sometimes recorded these false confessions, then used these false confessions to extort money from his victims.”
Investigators said some of Ray’s alleged victims “drained hundreds of thousands of dollars from their parents’ savings accounts at Ray’s direction” while others opened lines of credit or solicited contributions from acquaintances. (Read more from “Sex Slave Cult Ran out of College Dorm by Ex-Best Friend of NYC Police Commissioner” HERE)