Keith Raniere, a ex-leader of the self-help group NXIVM, was sentenced in sex trafficking case

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Keith Raniere, the former leader of the self-help group NXIVM, was sentenced Wednesday in a federal case accusing him of turning the women into his sex slaves.”

Raniere, showed no reaction as the guilty verdict was read in federal district court in new york city. Members of the jury took less than five hours to convict the 58-year-old on multiple charges, including human trafficking, wire fraud, conspiracy, and forced-labor conspiracy.

In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to file courtroom drawing, defendant Keith Raniere, center, the leader of the secret group NXIVM, sits between his attorneys, Paul DerOhannesian, right, left, and Marc Agnifilo in the first day of his prostitution trial. Elizabeth Williams via AP, File

Prosecutors have said the testimony showed Raniere used in women who are referred to as the “masters” of the question, naked, pictures, and other things of the “world.” The material would be made public if they did not obey the orders, in order to have sex with him to keep them in line, they said.

They have called for the former leader of the self-help organisation located in the northern part of the state of New York as a “crime boss” and a “con man.”

Some of his followers, TV actress Allison Mack, who is best known for her role as a friend of the young Superman series “Smallville” and the Seagram’s liquor fortune heir, and Clare Bronfman.


Among other allegations was that Raniere branded some of the women, with their initials and had sex with him on a 15-year-old age group. A women’s club, sometimes referred to as “The Promise” has been made in order to satisfy his sexual desire for sex, power, and control,” Assistant district Attorney from the s. S. Moira Penza said in closing arguments.

Penza said Raniere is also kept child porn as a “reward.”

The lawyer, Marc Agnifilo argued that his client’s behaviour could be seen as a “repugnant and offensive, but we don’t convict people in this country, for the repulsive, or offensive.”

Agnifilo also said that the sexual encounters were consensual, and said that there was no extortion attempt, since the material was never released.


Sweet and Bronfman have been named as defendants, with Raniere, but pled guilty prior to trial. Raniere, was arrested in Mexico last year after an investigation into the group.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25. and the faces of it’s life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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