Sarah Lawrence sex cult duo to face separate trials

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Accused Sarah Lawrence sex cult leader Larry Ray and his alleged victim-turned-accomplice, Isabella Pollok, will face separate trials for their alleged roles in the twisted enterprise, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

In a Manhattan federal court hearing, Judge Lewis Liman ordered Ray’s trial on a 16-count indictment that includes charges of racketeering, sex trafficking and money laundering to proceed in February 2022.

Pollok, meanwhile, will face a jury in July for the four counts she faces for being Ray’s alleged co-conspirator as he forced one of his victims into prostitution and others into forced labor for nearly a decade.

Ray, who is locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, leered at Pollok when he was brought into the federal courtroom in Manhattan Tuesday morning and seated at the same table as the woman.

Pollock, who was separated from Ray by attorneys seated at the table, did not respond or look in his direction.

Ray met Pollok when he moved into on-campus housing at Sarah Lawrence in Westchester County, where his daughter had been staying while attending the school.

Lawrence Ray in a 2005 mugshot was charged on a 16 count indictment including racketeering, sex trafficking and money laundering and will go to trial in 2022.
Lawrence Ray in a 2005 mugshot was charged on a 16-count indictment including racketeering, sex trafficking and money laundering and will go to trial in 2022.
U.S. Attorney’s office via AP

The accused master manipulator allegedly began to groom and assert himself over Pollok and a number of other students — both men and women — who lived with him at the on-campus house and later in an Upper East Side apartment.

Ray engaged in group sex with the students and filmed at least one of the victims having sex with other men and later berated her while he filmed her sobbing, prosecutors and victims have alleged.

At some point while Ray carried out the tyrannical abuse, prosecutors claim, Pollok moved from being his victim to his co-conspirator and helped him gain financial benefit from the alleged cult.

Ray pocketed nearly $2 million from one of his victims whom he forced into prostitution — and kept records of the profits she paid him, prosecutors alleged.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman announces the indictment against Lawrence Ray.
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces the indictment against Lawrence Ray.
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Ray was arrested in 2020 after his alleged twisted cult was exposed in a New York Magazine article. He faces life in prison if he’s convicted on all charges.

He’s pleaded not guilty and has been held in jail for more than a year pending trial.

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