The jury finds Larry Ray guilty of all charges in the sex cult trial of Sarah Lawrence

Larry Ray, leader of the sex cult at Sarah Lawrence College, was convicted on all charges by a Manhattan jury on Wednesday afternoon, ending a year-long prosecution launched after the Devil’s tyrannical abuse of a group of young people in a magazine article had been uncovered.

Ray, 62, faces life imprisonment when he is sentenced by Manhattan federal judge Lewis Liman in September.

The convicted sex trafficker stood and faced the jury, appearing emotionless as the foreman repeatedly said “guilty” on the 15 charges.

The panel deliberated about five hours after receiving the case Monday night.

During the month-long trial, prosecutors and victims portrayed Ray as a calculating predator who claimed control of a group of college students and others to enrich himself as the leader of a criminal organization he dubbed “The Ray Family.”

“When his victims were fully submissive, when they were under his control, he committed crimes to get them to pay – extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, obstruction of justice, financial crimes,” Assistant US Attorney Mollie Bracewell told jurors in their closing dispute.

“The defendant did all of this out of control, out of his own greed and to increase his power to cement his position in the organized group he led.”

Sex cult leader Larry Ray faces life imprisonment.
Sex cult leader Larry Ray, who faces life in prison if convicted, had multiple medical episodes throughout the trial.
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Ray, 62, has abused young people for years and enriched himself in the process.

Ray’s abuse began when he moved into his daughter’s dorm on the campus of the prestigious Westchester County College in 2010 after being released from prison on an unrelated case.

Almost immediately, Ray began grooming his daughter’s friends, delighting them with fantastical stories about his alleged involvement in military operations abroad and his friends in law enforcement and politics, prosecutors said.

In the summer of 2011, some of the students moved into a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side with Ray, where his abuse and control over them increased, the FBI said.

According to victims and prosecutors, Ray was a calculating predator.
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Ray began his abusive sex cult in 2010 after being released from prison on an unrelated case.

For nearly the next decade, Ray blackmailed his victims and forced one of them into prostitution while laundering millions of dollars in revenue from the program.

Federal authorities began investigating Ray after a 2020 New York Magazine article pulled the curtain on his relationship with the former Sarah Lawrence students.

Ray subjected his victims to physical, mental and sexual abuse, prosecutors said in court. Ray recorded confessions his victims made of trying to damage his property, conspiring against him and poisoning him and his family – and then used the mea culpas as blackmail.

Ray carried out his criminal enterprise with the help of Isabella Pollok, a former student who became his co-conspirator, the FBI claimed.

Ray’s most lucrative plan was to collect money that victim Claudia Drury made working as a prostitute on his orders, she testified in court.

Talia Ray and Isabella Pollok
Isabella Pollok, right, pictured with Talia Ray, has been charged as a co-conspirator with Larry Ray and will face trial later this year.
Claudia Drury
Claudia Drury was forced into prostitution by Ray.

For about five years, Drury worked seven days a week, meeting with wealthy clients who would pay her exorbitant amounts of money in exchange for sex, she said.

Drury handed Ray about $2.5 million, which she earned escorting various Manhattan hotels and living where she met her clients.

When Ray felt threatened that Drury was slipping out of his control, he and Pollok confronted her at the Gregory Hotel in Midtown, where he tortured her for hours over the course of a night, prosecutors said.

He ordered her to strip naked, handcuffed her to a chair and repeatedly tried to suffocate her with a plastic bag, Drury told jurors.

“I was shocked. I was shaking. You can’t breathe. You want to breathe a lot. It just makes it a lot worse,” she testified in March.

Ray also doused Drury’s naked body in water and placed her chair by an air conditioner in the room, she said.

During the hour-long torture session, Ray and Pollok paused to eat hamburgers they ordered from a nearby diner, Drury testified.

Larry Ray throws and holds down Felicia Rosario
At his trial, a video was shown of Larry Ray throwing and holding down Felicia Rosario.

The torture session was compelling evidence that Ray committed almost all of the crimes he was charged with, Bracewell told the jury in her closing argument.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this single crime night tells you almost everything you need to know. But as we’re going to cover and as you’ve seen, there’s so much more,” she said.

In a statement, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams welcomed the ruling.

“Let me be very clear. Larry Ray is a predator. A bad man who did bad things. Today’s verdict finally puts him on trial,” Williams said.

“This verdict would not have been possible without the victims who testified in court. We are in awe of their bravery in the face of incredible trauma,” he added.

Ray blackmailed his victims and forced one of them into prostitution.

Throughout the trial, Ray’s defense team attempted to undermine his accusers’ credibility, portraying them as a group of “storytellers” who embellished stories about Ray because they were jealous of him or otherwise wanted to harm him.

In her closing argument, Ray’s attorney Marne Lenox attacked Drury’s account of the night she was tortured by the defendant, claiming it was fiction.

“There was no attack at the Gregory Hotel. It never happened,” Lenox said.

Ray has been held at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center since his arrest in 2020.

Pollok was subsequently charged with her alleged role in the company and has pleaded not guilty. She is due to appear in court later this year. The jury finds Larry Ray guilty of all charges in the sex cult trial of Sarah Lawrence


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