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Lawrence Ray a/k/a Lawrence Grecco and Isabelle Pollok have been charged in a sex trafficking and money laundering scheme involving Sarah Lawrence College students . Amazingly enough, Ray was the parent of a student at the exclusive institution. Pollok was a student there at the time.
Apparently, Ray presented himself as an advisor and confidante to his daughter’s classmates, extorting them after having gained their confidence. Pollok allegedly abetted the scheme. Both have pleaded not guilty.
A Father Figure
Against school policy, Ray moved into Sarah Lawrence’s townhouse style, on-campus housing with his daughter and her roommates during their sophomore year in late 2010. No one, however, reported him to authorities. According to the indictment, he then began “therapy” sessions with the roommates during which he assumed the role of a father figurre.
Blackmail, Extortion, and Prostitution
Over the course of a decade, Ray and Pollok are alleged to have manipulated students into providing explicit photos, embarrassing personal information, and false confessions.
Five students were then blackmailed, and pressured to perform manual labor. At least one is said to have been forced into prostitution, with Ray collecting over $500,000 from her over the course of 4 years. Physical abuse is, also, alleged. Continue reading