A New York man convicted on charges that he moved into his daughter’s dorm room at Sarah Lawrence College and abused students at the elite school in a nearly 10-year scheme was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison.
Manhattan federal court Judge Lewis J. Liman told Lawrence Ray, 63, that his crimes were “particularly heinous.”
Ray was convicted at trial last year of charges including racketeering, conspiracy, forced labor and sex trafficking. An indictment and prosecutors alleged that he targeted students after he moved into his daughter’s on-campus dormitory with her roommates around 2010, when they were sophomores, and began “therapy” sessions with some of the students under the ruse that he was going to help them with their psychological problems.
One woman testified at the trial that Ray had convinced her that she had poisoned him and became a sex worker to try to pay reparations to him. The woman said she paid Ray $2.5 million over four years in installments that averaged $10,000 to $50,000 a week.
Others testified that they were drawn into Ray’s world after he told them stories of his past influence in New York City politics, including his role in ruining the career of former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik after having been the best man at his wedding years earlier.
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