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.
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
BREAKING NEWS- NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman pleads Guilty To one count of racketeering conspiracy in US Court in Brooklyn, she faces 33 to 41 months at her July 10th sentencing. pic.twitter.com/SwrfjgWDGRâ€” Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) March 13, 2019
BREAKING NEWS - NXIVM co founder Nancy Salzman pleads GUILTY: It has taken me some time and soul searching to reach this decision. I still believe we did some good. pic.twitter.com/a6dy1EhmW7â€” Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) March 13, 2019
BREAKING NEWS- Nancy Salzman pleads guilty: some of the things I have done werenâ€™t only wrong, they were criminal. If I could go back and change things, I would. But I canâ€™t. pic.twitter.com/xLOwtDmLoKâ€” Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) March 13, 2019
NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzmanâ€™s guilty plea to conspiracy racketeering DOES NOT include a deal with the government. She is NOT required to testify against Co-defendants. pic.twitter.com/z2rj5hQMO1â€” Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) March 13, 2019
BREAKING NEWS- Nancy Salzman pleads guilty to one count: I realize what I did was wrong and illegal and I deeply regret it. pic.twitter.com/MJG9BfcPcoâ€” Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) March 13, 2019
AP & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 13, 2019 08:16 PM
Created: March 13, 2019 12:37 PM
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