‘Sarah Lawrence Dorm Dad’ Larry Ray Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse and Hard Labor

NEW YORK (AP) — The man accused of exploiting classmates of his daughter, Sarah Lawrence, was sentenced Wednesday for sexual abuse and forced labor.

The Manhattan federal court jury began Tuesday to weigh evidence of racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy, forced labor and other charges against Lawrence Ray. He was accused of exploiting his daughter’s college friends for free work and millions of dollars after convincing them they had poisoned him.

Ray, known as “Larry”, could face life in prison.

A prosecutor said Ray bragged about ruining the career of a former New York police commissioner. The prosecutor described Ray as a con man who tricked his daughter’s college friends into doing his bidding and providing him with millions of dollars.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Bracewell on Monday urged jurors in Manhattan federal court to convict Lawrence Ray on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, forced labor, sex trafficking and obstruction of justice.

Ray’s lawyer, Marne Lenox, countered in closing arguments of a month-long trial that Ray was a victim of the young people he lived with who made him feel paranoid and attacked.

Ray’s psychological and physical abuse began after he moved into his daughter’s on-campus housing during his sophomore year in late 2010 and began “therapy” sessions with some of his roommates, according to the indictment. In the summer of 2011, some of the victims moved into an apartment with Ray on the Upper East Side and introduced him to other victims.

While living at Sarah Lawrence College and the Manhattan apartment, Ray interrogated victims for hours and often employed tactics such as sleep deprivation, sexual and psychological humiliation, verbal and physical abuse, and threats until they made false confessions, according to the prosecution.

To repay Ray for their debts or alleged crimes, the victims emptied their parents’ savings accounts, opened lines of credit, sold real estate and performed unpaid labor on a property in North Carolina, according to the indictment.

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