Judge Nicholas Garaufis sentenced the head of s*x cult NXIVM, Keith Alan Raniere, to 120 years, for his crimes that include s*x-trafficking, according to Al Jazeera.
US District Judge Garaufis on Tuesday pronounced the sentence in Brooklyn’s federal court.
A Lengthy Hearing
Garaufis listened to 15 victims’ testimonies that described how they endured years of humiliation and manipulation, per the New York Times.
During the hearing, victims of s*x trafficking gave their statements of how the disgraced cult leader s*xually abused them.
Raniere used pseudoscientific teachings that resulted in the trauma and brainwashing of his victims.
He turned them into s*x slaves and even branded some of them during a secret ceremony with his initials.
Moreover, the cult leader pressured the women to reveal shameful information about themselves, Al Jazeera reported.
Apparently, if they left the group, the information could be used against them.
“Camila” Endured a 12-year Abuse
The Times reported that in 2005, Raniere began a s*xual relationship with a 15-year-old cult member.
Camila spoke first and recalled how the 60-year-old Raniere, 45 at the time, began to s*xually abuse her.
For 12 years, Raniere required Camila to be available for sex at all times and to weigh less than 100 pounds.
He even ordered her to get an abortion.
Camila said she attempted to take her own life once.
An Apt Sentence for Inhumane Conducts
Al Jazeera reported that Raniere showed no remorse.
Before sentencing, his lawyers even told the judge that their client was not sorry “for his conduct or his choices.”
The so-called self-improvement guru will serve a life sentence, an appropriate punishment for the lives he has ruined, per the Times.
Also, he was found guilty last year on several charges: racketeering, alien smuggling, sex trafficking, extortion, and obstruction of justice.
Defense lawyers, on the other hand, said the cult leader should only face 15 years in prison.
Despite this, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer, said he would make an appeal, the Times reported.
One of his accomplices, the 41-year-old Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, also a member of the cult, recently received almost seven years sentence.
NXIVM defectors told Judge Garaufis that Bronfman used her wealth, for years, to stifle ex-members.
Should his crimes were committed elsewhere, Raniere would have received the death penalty.
Some convicts received the death penalty for lesser crimes. He got off lightly, and his lawyer should give up on the appeal.