Man convicted of extorting and forcing into work or prostitution some women he met at his daughter’s home on campus at Sarah Lawrence College was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday.
Larry Ray, 63, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Lewis J. Liman, who called his crimes “particularly horrific.”
Liman announced the sentence after Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Bracewell said age would not prevent Ray from inflicting “unspeakable cruelty” on others, as he did over the past decade to his daughter’s friends after meeting them at Sarah Lawrence College. a small liberal arts school in New York.
When given a chance to speak, Ray expressed no remorse, but condemned the prison conditions and physical ailments.
At the court, one woman testified that she became a sex worker to try to pay reparations to Ray after she became convinced that she had poisoned him. She said she gave Ray $2.5 million in installments over four years, averaging between $10,000 and $50,000 a week.
The woman’s lawyer read her statement aloud Friday before the judge announced the sentence. She said she was subjected to “relentless sadistic torture”.
“The experiences I went through in the sex trade haunt me today,” she said in a statement.
Prosecutors said Ray used “violence, fear, sex and manipulation” to gain sex, power and money at the college and argued that he was incapable of remorse.
Ray was convicted Last April, he used threats and violence to make millions of dollars in wealth by destroying the lives of his daughter’s friends, watching them descend “to self-hatred, self-harm and suicide attempts under his coercive control,” prosecutors said.
Last week in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors asked for a life sentence for Ray, but his lawyers argued for leniency, saying he faced 15 years behind bars.
Ray’s lawyers said his own physical, sexual and psychological abuse, which he suffered as a child and young adult, “bears a striking resemblance to the conduct underlying the crimes for which he is now convicted.”
Ray was convicted at the trial, where he testified for weeks describing his psychological relationship with young men he met in 2010 at Sarah Lawrence College. Ray moved into his daughter’s dorm after finishing his prison sentence for securities fraud.
He was convicted on 15 counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, forced labor, sex trafficking and obstruction of justice.
Jurors reached their verdict after less than a day of deliberation following a month-long trial that featured testimony from multiple victims. Some testified that for the better part of a decade, Ray led them to believe that they had poisoned or otherwise harmed him and that they needed to pay him back.
Ray did not testify. The trial, like him, was interrupted twice taken to the hospital in the emergency hospital for unexplained illnesses.
In a statement last Friday, prosecutors said Ray had “shown no remorse, accepted no responsibility and obstructed the prosecution of this case, including by disrupting the trial and prolonging the trauma of his victims.”
Several students testified that they were drawn into Ray’s world as he told them stories about his past influence in New York City politics, including his role in destroying the career of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Carrick after he had been best man at his wedding years earlier. In fact, Wray was involved in the corruption investigation that derailed the 2004 nomination of Carrick by President George W. Bush to head the US Department of Homeland Security.
Some students agreed to live with Ray in the summer of 2011 in his one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, where his sinister side emerged when he began to claim that students had poisoned and damaged him or his property.
To atone, they testified, they did what he asked, including handing over the money. One person said he gave Ray more than $100,000.
However, the prosecutor’s office said that there was never enough money. Through threats, violence and videotaped “confessions,” Ray increased his control over the youths, including forcing them to work at his stepfather’s home in North Carolina for several weeks in 2013, they said.
The allegations against Ray gained public prominence with the 2020 publication of Sarah Lawrence’s Kidnapped Children. New York magazine feature.