NXIVM Founder Was a ‘Crime Boss’ Who Preyed on Women: Prosecutors – The Daily Beast

For two decades, self-help guru Keith Raniere led an ultra-secretive organization in upstate New York that preached personal growth through sacrifice. But according to prosecutors in Brooklyn federal court on Monday, he was a “crime boss” who used “abuse and control” to groom women for his own sexual gratification.

“Even though his community members considered him a humanitarian, leader, mentor and guru, you saw him for what he was: a con man, a predator and a crime boss,” assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza said in her closing statements in Brooklyn federal court on Monday. “[Raniere] tapped into a never-ending flow of women and money. He was the ruler of his universe. He was a crime boss with no limits.”

Prosecutors allege Raniere, 58, ran a secret sex-cult pyramid scheme that branded and enslaved women while publicly promoting NXIVM as a self-help group. Raniere has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy, child exploitation, and child pornography. If convicted, Raniere would face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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