NEW YORK — Larry Ray, who sexually, psychologically and emotionally manipulated his daughter’s classmates at Sarah Lawrence College, was sentenced Friday to six decades in prison by a Manhattan federal judge who called Ray’s behavior “sadism, pure and simple.”

Judge Lewis Leaman described Ray as an “evil genius” and his crimes as “particularly appalling” and noted how they enslaved college students who had “no way out” of his brutal and sophisticated actions.

“Having control over their minds and bodies, he forced them to do his bidding,” Liman said. “He sought to take every ray of life from his victims.”

Ray, 63, who sat at the defense table in wrinkled beige prison clothes, looked expressionless as the friend of one victim, Claudia Drury, read a statement describing the “relentless sadistic torture” Drury endured.

“Larry made me give up out of desperation,” Drury said in a statement, describing Rae as a “vicious, deceitful shadow of a man” who forced her into prostitution, beat her, extorted money and threatened her. “It’s like he was doing an experiment on our souls.”

Drury’s statement described one incident in which Ray “stripped me naked, tied me to a chair and choked me with a plastic bag over and over until I begged for my life.”

Another victim, Daniel Levine, said Ray tortured him and his friends and told the judge how Ray brandished a knife at him, ordering another to cover the bathtub with plastic to collect the blood; how Ray made him choke with a dildo; as Ray hit him with a sledgehammer while pulling on his tongue with pincers.

“My friend’s father moved into my dorm, and then there were years of abuse, psychological, physical, sexual,” Levin said. “I’ll never be able to live a life where that hasn’t happened.”

Victim Santos Rosario said his encounter with Ray in 2010 was followed by a decade of “absolute agony”. He told the judge he “thought about suicide every day” after Ray “physically abused, humiliated and blackmailed” him.

“He took ten years of my life away from me,” Rosario said. “All I know is that I wish I’d never met him.”

Prosecutors said Ray’s capacity for “unspeakable cruelty” was “unstoppable” and they asked for a life sentence.

Attorney Marne Lennox demanded no more than 15 years.

“Mr. Ray has been punished and he will continue to be punished,” Lennox said, citing the three years Ray has been in prison since his February 2020 arrest and the recent deaths of his father, stepfather and stepmother.

“There’s nobody here today,” Lennox said, noting the absence of supporters in the courtroom.

Ray was convicted last April on 17 counts.

In a brief statement to the court, he said nothing about his crimes or his victims, focusing instead on his poor health.

“It’s scary to feel so bad,” Ray said after describing the lesions, ringing in the ears, insomnia and other conditions that he said were “gradually worsening.”

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