60-year-old Conman father, who founded a cult in his daughter’s apartment, is accused of sex trafficking, extortion, and forced labor
- Lawrence Ray was charged on Tuesday with a multiple-count indictment in New York
- Last April, friends of his daughter claimed how he had abused them
- He moved to their apartment in Bronxville, NY in 2010 after being released from prison
- She then studied at Sarah Lawrence College
- For more than four years he would have driven the group apart and manipulated them into self-harm and sex for him
Lawrence Ray, 60, was charged on Tuesday
A scammer who founded a cult in his daughter’s dormitory and divided her group of friends, allegedly by sexual manipulation, has been accused of sex trafficking among other crimes.
Lawrence Ray, 60, was charged with physical and psychological threats and coercion, extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking and money laundering on Tuesday.
In April last year, his alleged crimes were uncovered in an exposition in The Cut, where several students whom he allegedly abused talked about how he infiltrated and subsequently destroyed their group.
After being released from prison in 2010 after being detained for six months for violating the terms of his custody agreement with his ex-wife, Ray moved to his daughter’s apartment while studying at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.
Over the next four years, he drove her and her friends apart by manipulating them into worrying scenarios with multiple suicide attempts, lawsuits, sex for him, and self-harm.
Now he faces a charge against multiple counts.
Geoffrey S. Berman, the American lawyer for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the F.B.I office. in New York, at a press conference later on Tuesday.
Ray was former NYPD commissioner’s Bernie Kerik’s best man (pictured) and was friends with him for years until a dispute led him to expose Kerik for corruption. He now believes he is the victim of a conspiracy led by Kerik to harm him and his family
Ray denied all allegations against him and said that the children who had poisoned him had been poisoned.
When The Cut’s article appeared, he was still living with two of the young women involved.
The problems started in September 2010 when Ray was released from prison after six months. He was imprisoned for contempt of the court for failing to comply with the order of a judge regarding his custody agreement with his ex-wife.
He was previously sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a fraud scam.
Ray moved to the roommates’ house and first charmed them by cooking meals and occasionally taking them out for dinner, paying for the trips with a pack of money he carried in a backpack.
He initially slept on an air mattress in his daughter’s room, but soon he slept in the same room as his daughter’s 19-year-old best friend – who suffered a break.
He soon started coaching her and claimed she ‘needed’ him, they said.
In 2004, psychologists found in legal documents “literally impossible” to judge him because he “is able to control almost every situation he finds himself in, including a psychological interview with a forensic investigator, no matter how experienced the investigator is.” .