NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere guilty of trafficking, child porn offenses

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A federal jury took just hours to convict a New York man on Wednesday on multiple charges of running a cult-like group that kept women as virtual sex prisoners to service him.

In less than one full day of deliberations, the Brooklyn panel found Keith Raniere, 58, guilty of racketeering, sex trafficking and possession of child pornographyin connection with NXIVM — a purported self-help organization that he ran near Albany.

Within NXIVM, he created a secret sorority called DOS in which female “slaves” turned over compromising materials that were used to blackmail and force them into sex, prosecutors said.

Raniere faces up to life behind bars. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 25.

U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue thanked his prosecutors, the law enforcement, jurors and the judge for Wednesday’s verdict.

“Thanks to these efforts of these many participants, Keith Raniere’s crime spree has ended and his victims will finally see justice,” he told reporters outside court.

Actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose daughter is a former member of NXIVM, said Wednesday’s verdict allayed her fears that Raniere “would get away with murder again as he has done in the past.”

“I had to save a child who was caught in the grips of this cult,” said the “Dynasty” actress, who penned a book about her NXIVM experience, “Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult.” “I wasn’t going to stop until I succeeded.”

Raniere’s former girlfriend, Toni Natalie, who blew the whistle on him years ago, wore a shirt with vertical black-and-white stripes to the courtroom on Wednesday. She wanted to remind Raniere that “he’d be looking through bars for the rest of his life.”

“Keith has said to me, `The next time I see you, you’ll be dead or in jail,’ ” Natalie said outside court. “Well I’m alive and he’s in jail and it looks like for life. He didn’t win.”

Several of Raniere’s cohorts, such as “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, had already pleaded guilty.

Mack, 36, is facing up to 40 years in prison after she admitted to committing offenses that included extortion and forced labor in her role as a high-ranking member of NXIVM.

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