Father in Sarah Lawrence cult case pleads not guilty to federal chargesPosted: Updated:
The father of a former student at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers is facing a federal indictment that outlines the alleged sex trafficking and extortion of her friends.
Lawrence Ray is facing several federal charges, including sex trafficking and extortion for allegedly victimizing former Sarah Lawrence College students for years, including his own daughter.
Ray pleaded not guilty to the nine federal charges he's facing.
In court, Ray was straight-faced and unshackled. For the time being, Ray is still in detention and not officially in custody. He also doesn't have an attorney.
His next appearance is in two weeks and by then he should have counsel and will likely be submitting an application for bail.
In the meantime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is filing warrants to search multiple iClouds, electronic devices, GPS, his properties and storage.
On Tuesday, between 20 and 40 electronic devices belonging to Ray and his associates were seized by authorities.
The U.S. attorney is claiming Ray would force victims to take sexually explicit images or forced confessions on their own devices and then he would confiscate them to use as extortion.
Ray is due back in court on Feb. 26.
Read the Indictment: