Follower of accused Sarah Lawrence College sex cult leader indicted

Stephen Rex Brown, New York Daily News
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An acolyte of accused Sarah Lawrence College sex cult leader Lawrence Ray was indicted Friday for her role in the bizarre scheme.

Isabella Pollok was named in a superseding Manhattan Federal Court indictment that expands the feds’ case against Ray, who is accused of preying on a group of young people through extortion, sex trafficking, forced labor, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

Ray — who was best man at former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik’s 1998 wedding — recruited Pollok in 2010 into the cult, which the feds say used psychological and sexual manipulation to keep followers under his spell.

New York Magazine reported after Ray’s arrest in February 2020 that Pollok’s parents were desperately trying to bring her back to reality. They’d had little contact with her since 2010, when Ray moved into a dorm at Sarah Lawrence’s campus in Yonkers.

Prosecutors say Ray targeted his daughter’s college friends. Pollok, according to the article, “did whatever Larry wanted.”

“He would say things like, ‘Do you need anything? Can Isabella do anything for you?,’” a source told the magazine.

Pollok — who attended Ray’s initial court appearances — was released on $100,000 bail Friday following a court appearance that was not announced until after it occurred. Her attorney did not respond to an inquiry.