NXIVM Founder Faces Federal Judge

The Founder of NXIVM, Keith Raniere, went before a federal judge in Brooklyn yesterday afternoon, to be arraigned on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

Raniere is being accused of using NXIVM, an Albany marketing company that some say had a cult operating within its business operations, to groom women for sex.

Catherine Oxenberg is the mother of one of the alleged victims, and says that Raniere will justify any abuse, and he finally needs to be held accountable for every single woman and child that he's ever harmed, abused, exploited, and that her daughter is one of those.

Reports say Raniere's alleged co-conspirator was Oxenberg's daughter, India, that would bring women to Raniere for sexual encounters.

Recently, F.B.I. agents seized more than $520,000 in a raid at NXIVM President Nancy Salzman's house in Halfmoon.

Toni Natalie is an alleged victim, and says this is just the beginning of what needs to happen to stop this reign of terror that Keith Raniere and NXIVM has brought against a lot of people for many years.

Raniere's attorney, local defense, Paul DerOhannesian, says it is true, that most of the allegations involved matters in the Albany and Capital Region, and that it has received a lot of attention, but no one has ever heard the rest of the story, and the other side of what has happened.

Raniere has been ordered to remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals, with no bail set.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 27th.

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