NPR

NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sex Cult Case

The secretive group espoused a philosophy of self-help but was accused of recruiting women as sex slaves. Charges against Raniere, known as "Vanguard," included sex trafficking and racketeering.

Updated at 3:48 p.m. ET

The leader of NXIVM, a group that espoused a philosophy of self-improvement but was accused of recruiting, grooming and even branding an inner circle of female sex slaves, was found guilty Wednesday by a federal jury in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Keith Raniere, who was

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR9 min read
Gene-Edited 'Supercells' Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease
Researchers edited the DNA in bone marrow cells taken from a Mississippi woman with sickle cell disease to produce a treatment that could alleviate the excruciating effects of her inherited illness.
NPR1 min read
25 Stowaways Found In Refrigerated Container On U.K.-Bound Ship
Dutch authorities say the people are receiving medical assistance. The Denmark-flagged ship turned around several hours after leaving port.
NPR2 min read
Taliban Release American And Australian Hostages In Exchange For 3 Militants
American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were abducted in 2016 from Kabul, where they taught at the American University. Three Taliban commanders held by the Afghan government were also freed.