Keith Raniere, the founder of the organization Nxivm, has been sentenced to 120 years in jail. Garaufis said in his decision that the violations Raniere was indicted for are “cruel, perverse, and extremely serious.”
15 of Keith Raniere’s victims gave the statements, detailing years of emotional and sexual abuse after in the wake of turning into a piece of NXIVM, which Raniere began. A few ladies, including a 15-year-old young lady, were prepped to have intercourse with him, and even marked with Raniere’s initials.
Barbara Bouchey, one of the first victims said, “It’s been 20 years of my life and a lot of it’s very traumatic, so, you know, post-traumatic stress wears on you and it’s very debilitating, so my body is not a happy camper but my mind is clear, my heart is solid, my spirit is good,”
“These are all terrible things. But it is the psychological and existential injuries which will continue for the rest of our lives… that I find the most heinous,” former member Mark Vicente said in a statement.
“It is our sincere hope that today’s sentence does deliver some measure of justice for those victims who suffered in immeasurable and numerous ways,” acting U.S. attorney Seth DuCharme said.
“Raniere and his co-conspirators maintained control over the Enterprise by, among other means, obtaining sensitive information about members and associates of the Enterprise; inducing shame and guilt to influence and control members and associates of the Enterprise; isolating associates and others from friends and family and making them dependent on the Enterprise for their financial well-being and legal status within the United States, and encouraging associates and others to take expensive NXIVM courses, and incur debt to do so,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo.
The U.S. attorney in charge of the case said he was satisfied with the result.
“The judge’s sentence incapacitates Keith Raniere for the rest of his life,” said Seth DuCharme, acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Keith Raniere will not be able to victimize people anymore after today’s sentence and we’re very grateful for that.”
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