Larry Ray’s top lieutenant, Isabella Pollok, pleads guilty in Sarah Lawrence sex cult case
A former Sarah Lawrence School scholar who fell underneath the management of convicted predator Larry Ray admitted on Wednesday to conspiring to launder cash created from his sex-trafficking scheme.
Isabella Pollok, 31, pleaded responsible in Manhattan federal courtroom to a single cash laundering conspiracy depend, particularly associated to proceeds of Ray’s sick plot to visitors and extort a bunch of school college students and different younger folks.
Pollok instructed Decide Lewis Liman that as a part of the conspiracy, she took half in monetary transactions “generated by criminal activity” within the hopes of hiding the supply and possession of the money.
She faces a most of 5 years in jail at her Feb. 22 sentencing.
Assistant US Legal professional Mollie Bracewell instructed Liman that prosecutors would have launched a number of proof if the case had gone to trial, together with witness testimony and monetary information, together with ledgers that had been recovered from Pollok.
The proof would overlap with what prosecutors used to win a conviction towards Ray, who was discovered responsible in April of 15 counts, together with racketeering, intercourse trafficking and cash laundering.
Ray, 62, drew the group of younger adults right into a cult-like “household” after shifting into his daughter’s Sarah Lawrence dorm room in 2010.
The sadistic fiend compelled one girl, Claudia Drury, into prostitution and picked up some $2.5 million from her over 4 years.
At his trial, quite a few victims testified that Pollok acted as Ray’s high lieutenant, together with Drury, who instructed jurors that the pair tortured her in a lodge room for hours after Ray turned enraged at her.
Ray compelled Drury to strip bare, handcuffed her to a chair and positioned her close to a blasting air conditioner within the room on the Gregory Resort in Midtown.
He then dumped chilly water on her and choked her with a plastic bag and pillow, Drury testified.
Pollok taunted Drury throughout the torture session, calling her a “faker” and telling her the water was “room temperature,” she testified.
Pollok will stay free on bail till her sentencing date. She didn’t remark as she left courtroom Wednesday.
Ray faces a most of life in jail at his sentencing on Dec. 1.