Brooklyn, N.Y. – After five hours of deliberations, a jury has found a self-help guru accused of sex trafficking and other charges guilty.
Prosecutors say 58-year-old Keith Raniere’s organization, called NXIVM, was more like a cult. They say he used shame and humiliation to groom women for sex, and even branded some of his followers.
Raniere’s former girlfriend, Toni Natalie, is from Rochester. She spoke outside federal court in Brooklyn after the hearing.