On November 19, the U.S. government filed a document vehemently opposing Raniere’s request to get out of prison. He is the only one of the total six defendants in the NXIVM sex trafficking case who is still behind bars while awaiting trial.
“The government respectfully submits this letter in opposition to the defendant Keith Raniere’s second motion for bail,” the U.S. attorneys stated in their letter.
Back in June, the government tossed out Raniere’s first request to get out of jail – and balked at the alleged sex cult leader’s request for home detention to be supervised by a private team of 24-hour armed guards.
This second time around, the government made it clear they weren’t budging again. In fact, the government claimed the sick cult leader – who is accused of sexually assaulting and manipulating women in an inner sex ring known as DOS – presented another “weak” request.
“The defendant now offers a bail proposal that is significantly weaker than the one already rejected by the Court. The defendant proposes pretrial release on a bond secured by less than $180,000, co-signed by individuals who do not appear to exercise any moral suasion over the defendant, with conditions of home detention and electronic monitoring,” the government’s response stated.
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Plus, U.S. attorneys claimed Raniere’s request “lacks any meaningful security.”
Raniere, Smallville actress Allison Mack and four others were charged with a superseding indictment for participating in “a long-running racketeering conspiracy,” the government explained.
The six defendants are currently facing varying charges of sex trafficking, forced labor, identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft for the purpose of tax evasion, and more. All six defendants have pleaded not guilty.
They are all scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Federal Court next month.
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