Prosecutors expect to charge more people in NY sex traffic case

Deanna Kelley
May 6, 2018

Mack, 35, known for her role in WB Television's "Smallville" series, was arrested in April and is living with her parents in California under house arrest.

Raniere's lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said he would be filing a bail application in the coming weeks.

DOS, prosecutors say, is "an organized criminal group", structured like a pyramid, "with levels of "slaves" headed by 'masters.' Slaves are expected to recruit slaves of their own ... who in turn owe service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid".

Meanwhile, outside of court, lawyers for Mack had no comment, but lawyers for Raniere said their client would be acquitted after a trial because the activities alleged to be wrongful were "100 percent" consensual. The group, whose name is an acronym based on a Latin phrase that loosely translates to "Lord/Master of obedient female companions", allegedly carried out brandings in the homes of followers, including Mack's upstate NY townhouse, and forced women to have sex with Raniere and participate in various forms of public humiliation.

"We anticipate there will be additional charges against additional defendants", Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Kim Penza told Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis Friday, who has been assigned to oversee the case.

The pair is accused of coercing women who joined the organization into becoming a part of a secret sub-group where they were expected to act as "slaves" and engage in sex acts.

But prosecutors said the covert group was really Raniere helping himself to women.

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"Many DOS slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials", prosecutors said.

The decide set a trial date of October 1 for Mack and Raniere. Prosecutors will fight any bail bid for a man they say is risky, has foreign ties and access to oodles of cash.

The 59-year-old woman dated Raniere from 1991 to '99 and was only part of his cult in its nascent stages before she got out. "I think that when the allegations are actually meant to be proven in court they will not be proven in court", he said. She'll also be subject to electronic monitoring and restrictions on computer and cellphone use.

"Nancy Salzman has to be arrested", Natalie said.

Attorneys for Raniere advised reporters they're desperate to go to trial and provides his facet of the story.

"I do not see Mr. Raniere pleading guilty".

"There are well-known groups of men that brand themselves".

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