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Lawrence Ray accused of sex trafficking

NEW YORK CITY – The father of a former student at Sarah Lawrence College, who is accused of manipulating her school friends, was charged with sex trafficking, forced labor and extortion, according to an indictment released Tuesday. 

Lawrence Ray, 60, was arrested Tuesday morning at his home in Piscataway, New Jersey, and is likely to be arraigned this afternoon in Manhattan federal court. One of the victims was with Ray when he was arrested, authorities said.

The exploitation began in 2010 when Ray moved into an on-campus dorm with a group of sophomores – including his daughter – at Sarah Lawrence, William Sweeney, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI in New York, said at a news conference Tuesday in New York City.

“The arrangement was anything but traditional,” Sweeney said.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces an indictment against Lawrence Ray on Feb. 11 in New York City.

‘If you’re not angry, you don’t have a soul’

Ray spent about a decade sexually and psychologically manipulating his victims and physically abusing them, according to the indictment.

Until at least 2018 he forced his victims to perform unpaid labor and prostitute themselves for his financial benefit, authorities said. He’s also accused of laundering about $1 million from his victims, some of whom drained their parents’ bank accounts to pay Ray, authorities said.

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