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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman points to a photo showing Lawrence Ray during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York.  Ray, an ex-convict known for his role in a scandal involving former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, was charged Tuesday with federal extortion and sex trafficking charges involving a group of students at Sarah Lawrence College. (AP Photo/Jim Mustian)

How did ex-con get away with living in his daughter's dorm?

Feb. 19, 2020 2:37 PM EST

It was the obvious question after news broke that a 50-year-old charged with forcing college students into prostitution met some of them while living with his daughter in campus housing. How could a father — an ex-convict, no less — live undetected or unchecked in his daughter’s dorm? Even...

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office shows Lawrence Ray, an ex-convict known for his role in a scandal involving former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik. Ray was charged Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, with federal extortion and sex trafficking charges involving a group of students at Sarah Lawrence College. (U.S. Attorney's office via AP)

Dozens of electronic devices seized at ex-convict's home

Feb. 12, 2020 6:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators are studying large amounts of materials including 20 to 40 electronic devices seized from the home of an ex-convict charged with forcing some college students into prostitution or unpaid labor as he cheated them out of nearly $1 million, a prosecutor told a judge Wednesday....

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman points to a photo showing Lawrence Ray during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York.  Ray, an ex-convict known for his role in a scandal involving former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, was charged Tuesday with federal extortion and sex trafficking charges involving a group of students at Sarah Lawrence College. (AP Photo/Jim Mustian)

Feds: Ex-convict extorted college students for nearly $1M

Feb. 11, 2020 3:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-convict accused of bilking several college students out of nearly $1 million and forcing some into prostitution or unpaid labor was arrested Tuesday on extortion and sex trafficking charges. Lawrence “Larry” Ray was previously known for his role in helping to send former...

NC sheriff: Man held woman in 'sexual servitude' for 5 years

Jan. 24, 2020 4:06 AM EST

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A man is accused of keeping a woman “in sexual servitude” for five years, authorities in North Carolina said. Salvador Espinoza Escobar, 48, was expected in court Friday after being charged with one count of felony human trafficking, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office...