The bizarre story of "Larry Ray" came into the public consciousness by way of a lengthy story from the Cut on the dad who, in September 2010, moved into his daughter's 8-person campus dorm at Sarah Lawrence College. To say that things got crazy from there is an understatement. Now federal prosecutors say they got criminal. Lawrence Ray was arrested Tuesday on extortion and sex trafficking charges involving those New York college students. The 60-year-old is accused of using "physical, sexual, and psychological abuse" to extort almost $1 million from five victims, about half of which allegedly came from a female he forced into prostitution, reports NBC News. Coverage:
- To get up to speed on Ray, read our earlier coverage of the Cut's story, which detailed how Ray started by trying to counsel some of the students about their problems and then took a turn. A portion: "He started instructing some of the students to have sex with each other; he would watch or participate. He took the locks off the bathroom doors. He demanded they pay him tens of thousands for items they had supposedly damaged. No one questioned any of it."
- The FBI's assistant director at the helm of the New York office put it like this: "The conduct here is outrageous. It makes me angry. If it doesn't make you angry, you don't have a soul."