Sarah Lawrence, the father of a sex cult accused of trafficking her daughter and her friends, was removed from court on a second day of trial on Tuesday.
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Ray was released from Manhattan Federal Court after he fell inside on Tuesday evening. He is now in the hospital.
Ray, 60, has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of sex trafficking, extortion, money laundering, violent arson, arson conspiracy and a bizarre case involving rape for more than a decade.
Santos testified about the diaper incident after being quoted by a prosecutor, who asked the witness what happened between him and Ray before he fled the cult in 2015.
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Witness Santos Rosario (left) testified at the federal trial against the sex trafficking of the alleged leader of sexual worship Lawrence Ray (right). Santos appears as a witness on March 11
Santos once said that Ray put his “lieutenant” diapers on him and his sister because they were acting like children.
Santos introduced Ray in 2010 to his daughter, Talia (left), who was with her at the time.
Ray, 60, is accused of sex trafficking, extortion, money laundering, the crime of rape, racketeering and rape.
“I don’t remember the context or what they accused us of at this time. But Larry said my sister and I allegedly acted like children and put Isabella’s diapers on us, “Santos said, referring to Isabella Pollo, Ray’s alleged” lieutenant “and conspirator, the New York Post reported.
Santos said Ray and his sister Felicia were forced to sit in his apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with only diapers.
“We waited there until Larry told us we could remove them.” Santos told the court, the New York Daily News reported.
After the incident, Rosario left the cult for five years and moved to a homeless shelter, instead of continuing to suffer from Ray’s increasingly frightening “interrogation.”
“I couldn’t take it anymore,” Santos said of the alleged abuse. “These interrogations with Larry started to get scarier and longer. And I couldn’t speak at the time, but I was terrified of being there. So I looked for a way to escape. ”
Santos Ray’s daughter, Talia, is pictured as evidence presented by the prosecution.
An exhibition seen in court shows Santos’ face after being repeatedly slapped on Ray’s orders.
Santos (left) reported three times that Ray had sex with his “lieutenant” Isabelle Pollo (right)
Santos also said at one point that Ray forced Claudia Drury (pictured) to have sex with him while she was sitting near and watching the alleged cult leader.
Santos introduced Ray in 2010 to his daughter Talia, who was with her at the time. Before long, she was in control of Ray, along with her two sisters.
Santos testified that Ray hit him with a hammer, held a knife to his genitals, asked him to commit suicide, and called him a “scum” and a “trash can.”
The prosecutor played a video for the jury, which Santos repeatedly showed a slap in the face to Ray’s orders.
The alleged sex offender also allegedly accused Santos of poisoning and damaging his property as part of a money laundering scheme.
Ray has filed a complaint alleging that one of his followers, student Claudia Drury Sarah Lawrence, was forced into prostitution in order to enrich himself for $ 2 million.
Santos testified Monday that when he went to a hotel with Ray to collect money earned by Drury from sex work, the leader of the accused cult committed a sexual act against Santos while he was sitting next to them and watching them.
Ray nods to his father in the front row before taking a seat at the defense table last week
“He told Claudia to give me a job and take off my pants,” Santos said.
On three occasions, Santos told the court that Ray had also had sex with his assistant, Pollock.
In cross-examination, the defense sought to portray Santos as an unreliable witness by tracing the history of his mental health struggles.
Santos said that after leaving the cult in 2015, he kept his distance from Ray for four years, until 2019, when he contacted reporters at the New York magazine who were working on a story about sex cult.
Ray 17 has been charged with felony criminal mischief, including sex trafficking, extortion, money laundering, violent crime in support of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy.
Santos said he reached out to Ray to talk about the article and said he had fallen under his influence again.
In 2010, Ray – Lawrence Grecco’s real name – moved to his daughter Talia’s room at a university in upstate New York City.
Newly released from prison on charges related to a custody fight with his ex-wife, Ray slept on the couch in the living room and, according to the prosecutor, complained that he had begun to dominate the life of a group of his daughter’s friends.
U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lindsey Keenan began her opening remarks last week with a description of an alleged October 2018 horrific attack.
Keenan said Ray and another woman who served as his “trusted lieutenant” found a victim who was “forced into a life of prostitution” at a hotel where Ray had been tortured for hours to ensure he would continue his sex work.
The prosecutor said Ray used “violence, fear, sex and manipulation” to obtain sex, power and money.
Ray’s lawyer told the jury that Ray had not committed a federal crime because he surrounded himself with a college-aged “storyteller,” poisoned him, and arranged to physically assault him.
“You’ll see that Larry Ray is not guilty,” lawyer Allegra Glashausser said.
Ray, who was once the best man at the wedding of former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik, has been in prison since his arrest in 2020.
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