US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis learn the sentence in Brooklyn federal court docket Tuesday, after greater than a dozen folks gave sufferer influence statements at his sentencing.
Fifteen of Raniere’s victims both spoke or had statements learn at his sentencing in Brooklyn federal court docket, John Marzulli, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office of Eastern New York, stated.
One of these victims was the 15-year-old woman at the heart of the sexual exploitation of a toddler cost that Raniere was convicted of. A redacted copy of her sufferer influence assertion was posted to the court docket file, in which she stated she was 15 and he was 45 after they started to have intercourse, and that he took nude images of her.
“While he hid our sexual relationship from others, he explained it to me by telling me that I was very mature for my age. And I know now that it was false — I was a child,” her sufferer influence assertion learn. “He used my innocence to do whatever he wanted with me — not just sexually but also psychologically.”
CNN shouldn’t be reporting the identify of the woman, who’s now an grownup.
The woman’s father was amongst those that submitted letters in help of Raniere forward of his sentencing.
Prosecutors say Raniere is ‘unrepentant’
Prosecutors stated that in the months main to his sentencing Raniere, 60, has been “unrepentant” and has — from behind bars — directed efforts to “cast himself as a victim” of persecution.
Prosecutors described him as the chief of a felony enterprise who recruited folks at the self-help firm Nxivm to exploit them “for power, for profit, or for sex.”
Since his conviction, Raniere has remained “unrepentant” with “no empathy for his victims,” wrote prosecutors, who in their sentencing memorandum shared emails and transcripts of conversations Raniere has had in current months from prison with those that nonetheless again him.
“In his communications with his supporters, Raniere repeatedly attempts to cast himself as a victim of persecution and harassment from the government and from unknown enemies,” prosecutors wrote.
Supporters lined up in advance of the sentencing listening to to defend Raniere, with some saying in letters to the court docket that Raniere’s actions weren’t abusive. They embrace the father of a lady whom Raniere was convicted of sexually exploiting; he calls the Nxivm founder “honest,” “brilliant” and “cheerful.” Also in Raniere’s nook is “Battlestar Galactica” actress Nicki Clyne, who participated in half of the alleged Nxivm scheme and has not been charged with against the law. She didn’t reply to CNN’s requests for remark.
Meanwhile, supporters’ efforts to write letters and a petition that calls for prosecutors acknowledge whether or not they acted ethically in the case, “appear to be directed” by Raniere, authorities legal professionals stated in a court docket submitting.
In his personal memo forward of the sentencing, Raniere “continues to assert his complete innocence to these charges” and has alleged misconduct by prosecutors for his or her dealing with of his trial, the doc by lawyer Marc Agnifilo states.
“I apologize for my participation in all of this — this pain and suffering,” he stated in the interview. “I’ve clearly participated. I’ve been the leader of the community. And it has come to this. Even if it is by oppression, I am absolutely sorry and pained. This is a horrible situation.”
Victim addressed the court docket, prosecutors say
In a February e mail to a supporter, an incarcerated Raniere wrote that his prosecution was a “political, envy-driven, money-powered lie to destroy a community and keep me either incarcerated for life or otherwise ‘disposed of,'” federal data present.
Referring to Garaufis, who oversaw his trial, Raniere in an April cellphone name with a supporter stated: “This judge needs to know he’s being watched,” prosecutors say. Garaufis will hand down Raniere’s sentence.
Raniere in one other dialog with that supporter “offers lengthy diatribes” on the felony justice system, “presumably for publication on a podcast,” prosecutors stated.
Garaufis on Friday denied Raniere’s movement for a brand new trial, in which his legal professionals cited as “newly discovered evidence” testimony by folks together with Clyne. She wrote in an affidavit this month that she wished to testify in Raniere’s protection at his trial however could not as a result of of “threats from the prosecution.” Prosecutors known as these claims “meritless” in court docket filings.
Garaufis wrote in his opinion that he takes significantly the allegations of prosecutorial misconduct however that the allegations in the affidavits submitted “provide scant and highly questionable evidence” of the authorities improperly threatening or intimidating witnesses.
Raniere in November 2019 despatched an e mail to Clyne, a former DOS grasp, persevering with to defend DOS and calling it “noble” and “vitally important for women and humanity.”
“It is tragic the current organization has been stymied by a few envious men abusing position of power in government, media, and film; some women who didn’t live up to their sacred honor and vows; and people in general who just feel threatened by this idea,” Raniere wrote in a November 2019 e mail shared in a prosecutors’ memo.
In her October 9 affidavit, Clyne wrote that when the thought for DOS was mentioned in 2015, she “knew it wasn’t going to be for everyone.”
“I thought maybe only a handful of women would want to embark on this more extreme version of coaching and personal accountability,” Clyne wrote. “Maybe the idea was simply too extreme, or too controversial for where most people are at on their journeys. I am willing to accept that reality. But that it was abusive or deceitful in any way is something I will firmly contest.”
In his affidavit forward of Raniere’s sentencing, the woman’s father describes Raniere as, “Honest, Whole, Brilliant Intelligence, always ready to help, Cheerful and In Love with Humanity.”