Lawrence Ray, who sexually, psychologically and emotionally manipulated his daughter’s classmates at Sarah Lawrence College, was sentenced Friday to six decades in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan, who called Ray’s conduct “sadism, pure and simple.”
Judge Lewis Liman called Ray an “evil genius” and his crimes “particularly heinous,” and noted how they enslaved college students who had “no way out” of his cruel and sophisticated actions.
“Having gained control of their minds and bodies, he forced them to do his bidding,” Liman said. “He sought to take every bit of light from his victims’ lives.”
This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office shows Lawrence Ray, the ex-convict charged with sex trafficking and extortion for forcing young women into prostitution or forced labor after winning trust by posing as a father figure.
U.S. Attorney’s Office via AP, FILE
Ray held so-called therapy sessions with Sarah Lawrence College students after he moved into his daughter’s on-campus housing in 2010. Ray moved in after he was released from a prison sentence for security fraud. He moved into a one-bedroom apartment with several of the roommates on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 2011.
He presented himself as a father figure to the students and learned “intimate details about their private lives, vulnerabilities, and mental health struggles under the pretense of helping them” during the sessions, according to the indictment.