Official court documents regarding the case, the United States of America against Keith Raniere and Allison Mack allege that the both the former Hollywood Star and ‘the Vanguard’ actively committed Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking Conspiracy, and Conspiracy to Commit Forced Labor.
Allison Mack was formally indicted on April 19th, 2018 for the charges as mentioned earlier. She appeared before Magistrate Judge Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.
Mack is expected to obtain a deal with prosecutors to provide information regarding the cult’s leader Keith Rainere, who was arrested in March, in Mexico.
However, additional court documents (see works cited) allege that Raniere and Allison Mack also engaged in some form of child sex trafficking. Filed on April 19, 2018, are pending counts for; Sex Trafficking of Children or By Force, Fraud, or Coercion, Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of Children By Force, Fraud, or Coercion, and Attempt to Establish Peonage, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, Human Trafficking.
Previously, a report published in 2012 by the Times Union (see works cited) has detailed that Rainier allegedly had sex with several minors. The Times Union reveals an account, describing the story of one woman who told her account to the media outlet that she was just a 12 year-old girl in 1990 and that Rainere took her virginity.
“They told me I was smart and took an interest in me; they let me spend every afternoon at their house,” she said. “It was exciting to be somewhere where people wanted me. I was perfect picking — insecure at the time… To have someone that mature and that well thought of to be interested in me, it was flattering. I was young, inexperienced, overwhelmed, out of my league.”
According to the report, Rainiere continued to allegedly have sex with the underage girl for several years, about 60 times according to the complainant, and in 1993, when the relationship was over, the woman reported it to the police.
In addition, several other complainants have stepped forward against Rainere over the years with similar complaints. Currently, Keith Rainere is being held without bail, because according to a Federal Judge in New York, he is a flight risk.
“No one in the past has held him accountable for what he’s done,” Barbara Bouchey, a former NXIVM recruiter and one of Raniere’s ex-girlfriends. “He should remain in prison for the rest of his life. He should never be released because he’ll just reinvent himself and starting doing this again.”
Allison Mack, on the other hand, was granted bail which was set for Five Million Dollars and released to serve home detention at her parents’ house in Los Alamitos, California.
On April 20th, 2018 the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York published a press release in which they detail the charges;
“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit. This Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting predators who victimize others through sex trafficking and forced labor.” Mr. Donoghue expressed his grateful appreciation to the FBI for leading the investigation, and thanked the New York State Police, the FBI Albany Field Office, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, the New York State Department of Health and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York for their assistance.
“Today we announce an additional arrest, and an indictment, in a case that brought to light an inconceivable crime,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. “As this pyramid scheme continues to unravel, we ask anyone who might have been a victim to reach out to us with information that may further our investigation.”
U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Founder of “NXIVM,” a Purported Self-Help Organization, and Actor Indicted for Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor Conspiracy.” United States Department of Justice. . (2018): . .
JAMES M. ODATO and JENNIFER GISH. “In Raniere's shadows.” Times Union. . (2012): . .