Sarah Lawrence sex cult: Isabella Pollok, 29, pleads guilty to conspiring to launder money with friend's dad Lawrence Ray
MANHATTAN, NEWYORK CITY: Isabella Pollok, an ex-student of Sarah Lawrence College has admitted to aiding the father of a former classmate in laundering funds earned from extortion and pimping out young women he met after moving into their college dorm. The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to launder money on Wednesday, September 7 in federal court in Manhattan. She also admitted knowing that some of the money was obtained through sex trafficking.
Sex cult leader Lawrence Ray was accused of several vicious acts during the first day of his trial on March 10, 2022. He faces a massive 17-count indictment including extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, and money laundering for "physical and psychological threats and coercion to indoctrinate and exploit a group of college students." The Department of Justice claims that Ray coerced five victims into paying him up to $1 million while also forcing at least one girl into prostitution. Shortly after he was let out of jail, the acts continued for almost ten years, coming to an end with his arrest in February 2020.
Isabella Pollok, then 19 years old, enrolled there at Sarah Lawrence College student in 2010. Talia, the daughter of prime suspect Lawrence "Larry" Ray, was said to be her closest friend. Ray moved in the same year with his daughter Talia and Pollok as well as Talia's other roommates. When Ray first met the young women, he pretended to be a father figure, but he soon started to manipulate them into cutting ties with their families. According to an indictment in Manhattan federal court, 29-year-old Isabella Pollok is facing charges of racketeering, extortion and sex trafficking conspiracies, reported DailyMail.
On Wednesday in Federal court, as she entered her plea, Pollok remarked to the judge in front of her, "I know that what I was doing was wrong and against the law." According to Pollok's family, she was a victim of Lawrence "Larry" Ray, who for ten years exploited his daughter's close-knit group of friends, using violence and threats to make millions of dollars while destroying their lives.
However, according to the prosecution, she lived with Ray in Manhattan for about 10 years after she graduated, sharing in the wealth that was extorted from her classmates, and was well aware of his heinous schemes and deceptive "sex cult."
On December 1, Ray, 62, will receive his sentence; he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. When Judge Lewis J Liman sentences Pollok in February, she could receive a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of $30,000 to $300,000.
Despite the fact that a federal judge determined there was enough evidence to name Ray's daughter Talia as a potential co-conspirator at Ray's trial, Talia was not charged in the case.