Lawrence Ray, who was charged with sex trafficking and extortion in the Sarah Lawrence College cult case, tried to intimidate his daughter’s former classmates from his jail cell, prosecutors say https://t.co/9sqYZ5dmWB— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 26, 2020
In February, the New York Times reported that Lawrence V. Ray, the father at the center of a bizarre and horrifying case chronicled in New York Magazine's "The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence," had been indicted on charges of extortion and sex trafficking. Now, prosecutors claim Ray tried to intimidate his daughter's former classmates from his Manhattan jail cell.
In a letter to the judge overseeing Ray's case on Friday, prosecutors wrote that Ray has been speaking to his father over the phone in a coded language, asking him to relay messages to at least two of his female victims and attempt to ensure their loyalty ahead of his trial. (Ray has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.)
The women, who have not been identified, are said to have been physically and verbally abused by Ray over an extended period of time. The US attorney in Manhattan has also allegedly "amassed videos that contain 'graphic sexual content of these two women, including sexual acts performed at Ray's direction that appear designed to debase and control them.'"
Ray has yet to be formally charged with jury tampering; his lawyers are set to formally respond to these new allegations next week. In March, it was announced that the New York Magazine article about Ray was to be adapted into a scripted series by Amazon.