The leader of the sex cult Nxivm sexually abused a 15-year-old girl and took hundreds of pornographic images of her, federal prosecutors alleged this week in the criminal trial of Keith Raniere.
The New York Post reports that jurors were shown 18 of the images on Thursday, although many on the jury chose not to look at the photographs.
Neither did Raniere, who appeared unshaken as an FBI investigator testified, according to the Post.
Brian Booth, a senior FBI forensic examiner, said the images were discovered on a hard drive in Raniere’s residence. Authorities also discovered an email sent to him by Rosa Laura Junco, who wrote that she was willing to offer up the teen girl – her daughter – as a sex partner for Raniere.
“I am 100 percent clear that you are what I want for my daughter (and obviously myself),” Junco wrote in the message.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 14, 2019
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Hajjar alleged that the girl was Raniere’s first “sex slave” after he convinced her and three of her sisters to visit upstate New York with him. Upon their arrival, Raniere started raping the victim and forced her to pose naked for photographs, Hajjar said.
Raniere is accused of raping the girl’s two older sisters, and allegedly detained one sister for nearly two years because she expressed interest in another man.
According to Hajjar, the youngest sister became part of a sorority in the cult and at one point was ordered to perform oral sex with a woman who was tied, blindfolded and offered to Raniere.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, court records referred to the girl as Jane Doe 1 and she was recruiting by someone authorities tagged as CC-1, who is widely believed to be Allison Mack.
Mack pledged her “full and complete life” to Raniere, whom she referred to as “master” and herself as a “slave.”
CC-1 began recruiting other slaves and, in that process, recruited Jane Doe 1.
According to court documents, CC-1 told Jane Doe 1 to meet Raniere in the middle of the night and do whatever he asked. Raniere ordered the girl to get undressed and commented about her body. He then put her in a blindfold and drove her around, which Jane Doe 1 believed was an attempt to prevent her from ascertaining their location.
Raniere subsequently led Jane Doe 1 to what she believed was a shack and tied her to a table.
Inside, someone who Jane Doe 1 did not know started to perform oral sex on her while Raniere walked around the table and made comments, according to authorities.
Court records say Jane Doe 1 did not want to engage in the sexual activity, but she thought it was required to show she was committed to the sorority and that she would be punished if she violated that commitment.
Raniere frequently raped Jane Doe 1. She also posed naked for CC-1 – believed to be Mack – who in one instance allegedly sent Raniere “close-up pictures of [her slaves’] vaginas.”
[Feature Photo: Elizabeth Williams via AP, File]