Larry Ray, the sex cult leader who ‘forced victims to wear diapers, suck on pacifiers, and sleep naked’ after winning their trust as a father figure, has been sentenced to life in jail.

Lawrence “Larry” Ray was found guilty of racketeering, human trafficking, and forced labor on Wednesday, April 6, and faces the possibility of life in prison.

Lawrence Ray was found guilty of sex trafficking and other offenses after gaining the trust of young adults by appearing as a father figure and forcing them into prostitution or forced labor.

Larry formed a cult among his daughter Sarah Lawrence’s college pals 12 years ago, the court stated, and engaged in racketeering, sex trafficking, and forced labor on his young adult victims.

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Ray, 62, was found guilty on all 15 counts by a jury in just a few hours on Wednesday.

Larry managed a criminal enterprise for the past ten years, brainwashing and abusing his victims in exchange for free work and a large sum of “restitution” money.

After moving into their campus residence in 2010, Ray gained control of a group of his daughter Talia’s college acquaintances, according to testimony presented in court.

Santos Rosario, one of the victims, then drew two of his sisters into the mix, and their participation with Ray financially and mentally decimated the Rosario family.

Although both sisters are Ivy League graduates, Felicia Rosario, a medical school graduate, quit her residency program at a California hospital to be with Ray and never returned.

Her younger sister Yalitza is unemployed and she currently works as a tutor.

The three siblings, who were in court to hear the verdict on Wednesday, were escorted out by prosecutors.

After that, they declined to speak to reporters.

Ray allegedly gathered blackmail evidence by constantly filming or recording his victims confessing to non-existent acts and crimes, according to the court.

After some time, he began ordering the young people to perform duties for him and began assigning them sexual tasks, which included having intercourse with each other on occasion.

One of his victims, Claudia Drury, was 19 when she joined his cult. She testified that she worked as a prostitute in New York hotel rooms for four years, handing Ray around $2.5 million of her money personally.

Santos Rosario also worked as a waitress for a summer and gave Ray all of his earnings. He also paid Ray $150,000 in installments, using money he stole from his parents and another $13,000 from their business.

 

“When [Ray’s] victims were completely subdued, when they were under his control,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Bracewell argued, “he committed crimes to get them to pay – extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, obstruction of justice, financial crimes.” “All of this was done by the defendant for control, for his personal greed, and to expand his authority, to cement his position as the leader of an organized gang.”

Prosecutors alleged he moved into his daughter’s dorm and targeted her roommates for sex trafficking.

Ray allegedly enthralled his mentally vulnerable followers with stories about his life and the relationships he said he had in government, law enforcement, and the military, according to prosecutors. He used to be friends with former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, and he even served as best man at his wedding.

In 2010, Ray took credit for sending Kerik to prison on corruption allegations.

He informed his victims that he believed he was the target of a government plot and that his adversaries, including Kerik, were out to get him. He also claimed that his victims conspired with his adversaries to poison him, his daughter, and others.

Ray’s victims were brainwashed into believing they were guilty, and as a result, they admitted they owed Ray favors and a large sum of money. They said that they were afraid of going to prison for what Ray claimed were crimes, and that he threatened to turn them in on a regular basis.

He will be sentenced on Sept. 16 and faces the potential of life in prison for sex trafficking and decades in jail for the other charges.

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