ALBANY, N.Y.(USA Today)– NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, who surreptitiously led a secret master-slave group whose members were sexually exploited and branded with his initials on their pubic area, was convicted of seven felonies in a New York federal court Wednesday.
A federal jury returned its verdict after less than five hours of deliberation.
The verdict followed a wild seven-week trial where jurors heard explicit testimony about Raniere’s graphic sexual exploits and how he manipulated the many followers of NXIVM, a purported self-help group.
For more than two decades, Raniere portrayed himself as an all-knowing guru who was once listed in Guinness World Records as one of the smartest men in the world.
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