A Harvard graduate recently testified in a Manhattan court that she was forced to wear diapers and suck on a pacifier under the instruction of Sarah Lawrence sex-cult leader Larry Ray. Felicia Rosario, 39, told a federal jury that Ray’s abuse included him restraining her with zip ties and duct-taping her lips. He also allegedly encouraged her to have sex with strangers and record the interactions for his pleasure.
Rosario stated, “I felt completely humiliated, degraded, debased – like I was nothing. Like I was dumb-looking, worthless.” She continued, “He would tie me up with zip ties at my ankles and wrists … have someone else in the apartment watch over me to make sure I didn’t get up. He punched me in the face. Slapped me. Pulled me by the hair. Punched me in the stomach. Choked me. Punched me in the head.” He allegedly infantilized and mocked her, forcing her to wear a diaper on one occasion and forcing her to suck on a pacifier in the residence.
Rosario’s brother, Santos also testified earlier this month that Ray forced him to wear diapers and said Felicia was lured in by Ray after meeting him in the fall of 2011 while working on her medical degree at Columbia University. She had already completed her studies at Harvard University. Ray took control of Rosario by telling her that she owed him hundreds of thousands of dollars and threatened to throw her and her siblings in prison because of his apparent law enforcement links.
Rosario reportedly moved into Ray’s Upper East Side apartment shortly after their relationship became romantic. She testified that Ray pushed her to sleep naked with him and his accused accomplice, Isabella Pollok. Santos and other Sarah Lawrence students were also living with the alleged cult leader.
Ray has been named in a 17-count indictment by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York on racketeering and sex trafficking. Prosecutors claim that after moving into his daughter’s on-campus residence at Sarah Lawrence and exerting control over her friends and roommates, Ray established a cult-like criminal organization. He has entered a not-guilty plea.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in jail. Former Sarah Lawrence student, Pollok will also stand trial in federal court in Manhattan and has entered a not-guilty plea.