A man accused of moving into his daughter’s dorm at New York’s Sarah Lawrence College and manipulating her friends into having cult-like devotion to him has been found guilty by a federal jury according to Fox News.
The man, Lawrence “Larry” Ray was found guilty on 15 counts, including allegations that he manipulated the girls into giving him millions of dollars and large amounts of free labor.
“The jury of six men and six women returned its verdict around 1:45 p.m. local time Wednesday after deliberating for only about four hours,” Fox News reported. “Ray, 62, was charged with 15 counts, including racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy, forced labor, extortion, tax evasion, and other crimes.”
Ray is scheduled for sentencing at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 15 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement that Ray “used violence, threats, and psychological abuse to try to control and destroy” his victims’ lives over the course of a decade.
“He exploited them. He terrorized them. He tortured them,” Williams said. “Let me be very clear. Larry Ray is a predator. An evil man who did evil things. Today’s verdict finally brings him to justice.”
Prosecutors said Ray who is an ex-convict, began to charm his young victims and eventually turned to physical abuse and psychological torment to receive money, sex and other favors from the young women, some of whom he had believing that they had poisoned him.
One woman even testified that she was coerced into prostitution by the convict, saying that he encouraged her to pay him the proceeds from her sex work as compensation for having “poisoned” him. She says she paid Ray $2.5 million over a four-year period, giving him between $10,000 and $50,000 a week.
“Federal authorities began investigating Ray after a lengthy article in New York magazine explored his relationship with students at Sarah Lawrence, a small, private liberal arts college just north of New York City,” Fox News reported.