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Sentencing in Sarah Lawrence Cult

A woman who served as a top deputy to the leader of a sex cult at Sarah Lawrence College was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison yesterday for her role in the scheme. Isabella Pollok, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money last year, is said to have run financial accounts and acted as an enforcer for leader Lawrence Ray for more than a decade.

The scandal roiled the liberal arts campus located just outside New York City. According to reports, then-50-year-old Ray moved into his college daughter's dorm room in 2010. For more than a decade, Ray is said to have coerced and manipulated a group of female students (see overview), including carrying out psychological abuse and establishing a prostitution ring. Ray was sentenced to 60 years in prison in January.

The story initially came to light in a 2019 expose (paywall), and was documented in a number of podcasts and a newly released Hulu series (view trailer).

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