Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, of La Mesa, Calif., (pictured) pleaded guilty Friday to federal sexual assault and transportation of obscene material, according to the Justice Department
A former US diplomat could face life imprisonment after pleading guilty to raping and drugging 23 women over several years while working at the US embassy in Mexico City.
Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, of La Mesa, Calif., pleaded guilty Friday to federal sexual assault and transportation of obscene material, according to the Ministry of Justice.
An investigation into Raymond was launched after a naked woman was spotted on the balcony of his Mexico City apartment for help last May.
The woman told the FBI she could not remember any events after consuming drinks and food provided by Raymond.
He was arrested last October in La Mesa on a charge of coercion and solicitation.
Brian Raymond has betrayed the trust bestowed upon him as an employee of the United States government representing the United States abroad by engaging in years of predatory behavior that involved the sexual abuse, exploitation and capture of vulnerable women he had in the United States. and targeted the rest of the world,” the assistant attorney general said. Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, in a statement.
“As shown by Raymond’s prosecution and plea, the Justice Department and its law enforcement partners will use all means at our disposal to hold those who victimize women accountable.”
During their investigation, FBI agents said they recovered hundreds of photos and videos of more than 20 unconscious and naked or partially naked women from Raymond’s cell phones, iCloud account and other electronic devices.
The files date from 2006 and run until May 2020.
Photos and videos clearly show Raymond stroking the victim’s breasts and buttocks, as well as lying in bed with unconscious women on two separate occasions.
During their time with Raymond, the women claimed they had amnesia and had no knowledge of the photos, videos, or physical contact.
In addition, FBI agents said Internet histories recovered from Raymond’s devices revealed searches for unconscious women and side effects of prescription drugs combined with alcohol.
An investigation into Raymond was launched after a naked woman was spotted for help on the balcony of his Mexico City apartment last May.
Raymond has worked for the US government in numerous countries for 23 years, according to court documents. Prosecutors have not specified what position he held in Mexico, other than that he worked for a US government agency at the embassy (pictured)
In his plea, Raymond admitted to having had sexual intercourse with two of the victims depicted in the footage “when both were unable to judge or agree to the nature of the conduct.”
Both incidents took place at Raymond’s embassy-rented residence in Mexico City.
Raymond admitted to capturing and/or photographing at least 24 unconscious and naked or partially naked women over the course of 14 years, touching the breasts, buttocks and genitals of numerous women “while unable to consent.”
The DOJ said Raymond transported all 479 photos and videos of 20 unconscious and naked or partially naked women to the United States.
Raymond has worked for the US government in numerous countries for 23 years, according to court documents. Prosecutors did not specify what position he held in Mexico, other than working for a US government agency at the embassy.
This is the first incident that the US embassy in Mexico City has come under fire.
In 2014, an unidentified married Treasury attaché was fired after an investigation found he forced a 22-year-old woman to have oral sex at a New Year’s Eve party in his taxpayer-funded apartment.
However, his name has been redacted in all documents and his name has never been released, despite constant requests and promises from the Biden administration for greater transparency.
This is the first incident that the US embassy in Mexico City has come under fire. In 2014, an unidentified married Treasury attaché was fired after an investigation found he forced a 22-year-old woman to have oral sex at a New Year’s Eve party in his taxpayer-funded apartment.
His case resurfaced in March after Raymond was arrested.
In December 2017, it was revealed that the Treasury Department paid $174,000 over five years to settle sexual harassment cases involving many members of Congress.
It is not known whether Treasury officials paid anything to settle claims of sexual harassment against its own staff.
This is not the first time a government department has protected the identity of a high-ranking foreign official accused of misconduct while stationed abroad.
In January 2016, DailyMail.com discovered that a US consulate employee had taken care of a child because officials feared the minor was at risk from systematic abuse and neglect.
A document revealed how the International Trade Administration staffer allegedly subjected the minor to shocking care while working abroad and living in a government-owned house
An investigation found the child was routinely malnourished and was encouraged to take off their clothes at the consulate residence so that the man could allegedly take nude photos of them.
At the time, the unidentified employee also allegedly harassed female colleagues during his secondment and used a government email address to meet women online.