Sex Cult Leader Faces New Charges of Child Pornography

Sex Cult Leader Faces New Charges of Child Pornography March 14, 2019
Photo Credit YouTube – Conversations with Keith Raniere

Sex cult leader Keith Raniere was hit with child pornography and sexual exploitation of minor charges in District Court yesterday. The U.S. Attornies for New York Eastern District Court say they found electronic images and emails that prove Raniere engaged in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

For more than a year rumors have swirled that Raniere regularly engaged in sex with underage girls, and the filing is the first legal charge against Raniere related to those rumors.

In District Court, the prosecutors presented documents that identify the girl as “Jane Doe 2” and records proving a relationship between Raniere and the girl existed. Additionally, they found images of the victim in Raniere’s possession that indicated she was only 15 at the time of the relationship.

Prosecutors unsealed the indictment against Raniere and charged him in the crime. The alleged incident occurred in 2005. In the indictment, authorities say Raniere coerced at least two young girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct to create an image of the behavior.

During a review of Raniere’s electronic records, prosecutors found the images and email communication between Raniere and one of the victims.

Not only did authorities uncover the photos and emails, but they also determined Raniere’s co-defendants, Alison Mack and Claire Bronfman, knew about Raniere’s behavior and helped facilitate the relationships.

Raniere’s defense attorney argued that the new charges are not legitimate. In a statement to the Associated Press, Marc Agnifilo said,

“The new charges “serve only to taint the jury pool. If the charges were legitimate, they would have brought them a year ago.”

While the defense says the accusations are baseless, the prosecutors told the judge they plan to introduce photographic evidence at trial that prove Raniere engaged in sexual relationship with minor girls.

The charges against Raniere are not the first time he’s been accused of sexually inappropriate relationship with minors. In a story Without a Crystal Ball wrote last fall, we uncovered allegations that Raniere trafficked at least a dozen minor girls from Mexico to New York.

According to investigations done by Parlato of the “Frank Report,” Raniere used an NXIVM member Rosa Laura Junco to bring the girls into New York. The girls lived in her home.

“Frank wrote extensively in 2017 about a group of underage girls from Mexico that suddenly showed up in Albany, New York. A female DOS Slave Rosa Laura Junco allegedly housed 11 girls from Chihuahua, Mexico. The girls ranged in age from 11-17. According to Frank, Rosa persuaded families to send their children here with the promise of high school education and future job opportunities.

Frank’s blog details eyewitness accounts of the girls in Albany. Many of the girls described Raniere as creepy to neighbors they met in local parks.

When the girls arrived, Frank alleges they did not receive the promised education. Instead, Junco and others taught them classes from Raniere’s Executive Success Program. The girls also received training related to gender and sexuality.

Raniere made himself available to teach classes on gender and sexuality. According to eyewitnesses, they saw Raniere kiss the girls on the lips and hugged them pelvis to pelvis.

The girls lived in homes of various NXIVM members. Members forced the girls to clean their homes, watch their children, act as personal assistants, and cook for the families. Frank asserts that Allison Mack was in charge of delegating the work responsibilities of the girls. He also speculates she may have been grooming the children for sex with Raniere.

Members forced many of the girls to go on strict 500-day calorie diets. Raniere told the girls women don’t need many calories to survive. Girls grew leary of Raniere, and many of them were uncomfortable. However, sources reveal several of the girls rejected the strict diet.

In another story Frank alleges, Raniere taught the girls that adults having sex with children is ok as long as there is no pain. He suggested that in some cultures it’s normal for mothers to perform oral sex on their children. Girls were told that fathers are attracted to their teenage daughters, and it’s acceptable to stroke their father’s penis.”

Raniere was also accused of raping a 12-year-old more than 60 times. The woman made the accusations against Raniere and later committed suicide.

If the charges against Raniere stick, this will be the first conviction that proves he regularly engaged in pedophilia. Raniere’s trial for his role in trafficking and branding women he deemed “sex slaves” is slated to start next month. He has remained in jail since his arrest in spring 2018.

*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.

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