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NXIVM co-founder pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy

March 13, 2019 08:16 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The co-founder of an embattled upstate New York self-help organization has pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in a case featuring sensational claims that some followers became branded sex slaves.

Nancy Salzman now faces 33 to 41 months in prison at her July 10 sentencing.

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Salzman was a co-founder of NXIVM, a cult-like group based near Albany. Prosecutors say a secret society within the organization branded women with a spiritual leader's initials and forced them to have sex with him.

The leader, Keith Raniere, is set to go on trial next month. Also charged in the case are Salzman's daughter as well as Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman and TV actress Allison Mack.

Meanwhile, Raniere has been hit with child pornography charges.

Federal prosecutors announced the new charges against him on Wednesday.

There was no immediate response from Raniere's lawyer on Wednesday.


MORE INFORMATION: Nancy Salzman guilty plea court document

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