Three prison guards convicted of rape at MDC – where Raniere is jailed

It is ironic. But the savagery of some of the guards at the Metropolitan Detention Center [MDC] in Brooklyn is right up the alley of Keith Raniere, the cruel and unusual sex-slave cult leader, known to his followers as Vanguard.

The MDC houses about 2,000 inmates. About 3 percent of these are women. The inmates – who never get outdoors and live in fetid, putrid conditions, with extreme fluctuations of temperatures – are mainly serving short sentences or in custody awaiting trial.

Keith Raniere is one of the latter, having been denied bail after being charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy.

In 2016, a federal judge said MDC’s conditions made it sound like it was a prison in “some third-world country.”  When former congressman Anthony Weiner was to be sentenced for sex crimes, his lawyers pleaded with the judge not to send him to this hell hole where prisoners are treated like wretched beasts – deprived of the slightest semblance of recognition that they are humans who are capable of one day regaining their dignity.

The cruel and unusual conditions at MDC are exacerbated  –  in some instances –  by the type of guards that work there. Yesterday, a former lieutenant at MDC was convicted on sexual assault.  In Federal District Court in Brooklyn – the same court where Raniere is to be tried – a jury found Eugenio Perez, 47, guilty of forcing five female inmates to perform oral sex on him.

The attacks took place in Perez’s office in the jail;  it could be called his “sex lair” – where Perez could avoid security cameras.

Many of Raniere’s attacks took place in his sex lair on Hale Court in Clifton Park where Raniere used cameras to film his victims naked.

Perez called himself “Caballo” (the Spanish word for horse).

Raniere calls himself Vanguard [the Latin word for the leading force of an armed aggression].

Perez treated his victims like they were his stable.

Raniere called his victims “slaves.”

Perez chose vulnerable women to assault — some had been subjected to disciplinary measures, others were awaiting immigration proceedings — and used those vulnerabilities against them, warning that if they spoke of the attacks there would be further repercussions.

Raniere chose vulnerable women to assault — some he subjected to disciplinary measures, others he arranged to elude legal immigration  — some he arranged for fake marriages – and used those vulnerabilities against them, warning that if they spoke of the attacks, or the secrets of his deviancy – he would release blackmail-worthy material held against them that he called “collateral.”

Perez’s assaults against the women took place over three years – from 2013 to 2016.

Raniere’s assaults against women took place over 38 years – from 1980 to 2018.

Perez’s assaults tended to follow a pattern. Perez would request the women be placed on work details to clean the lieutenant’s office.

Raniere’s assaults tended to follow a pattern. Raniere would request that the women become his students and take his courses.

During the Perez trial, all of the victims testified under aliases.

At the upcoming Raniere trial, the victims – now identified as Jane Does – will likely testify using aliases.

Prosecutors said Perez would expose himself to them, force them into oral sex and ejaculate into paper towels he eventually disposed of.

Raniere would take nude photos of the women before and after sex and  – not unlike a dog spraying – ejaculated on women’s faces claiming that this act made the woman his personal slaves.
Eugenio Perez AKA The Horse.


Keith Raniere AKA Vanguard.


Perez faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

Raniere faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

In addition to Perez,  in January, another former lieutenant at the jail, Carlos Richard Martinez, was found guilty of repeatedly raping a Dominican woman prisoner in the MDC .

In addition to Raniere,  in April, Raniere’s lieutenant in the sex slaver cult, Allison Mack, was indicted on the same charges as Raniere.

A third corrections officer  at MDC, Armando Moronta, pleaded guilty in November to sexually abusing three other female inmates at the jail.

Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza told the judge in Raniere/Mack’s case that she expected there would likely be others charged as the investigation widens in the Bronfman-Raniere crime organization probe. Meanwhile, the Vanguard is incarcerated at a location that sounds like a perfect match with his predilections and preferences.

Ain’t justice wonderful?


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W Alen
W Alen
5 years ago

Really interesting read but you have left out vital information in this article. He traffics children.

If you read the indictment which can be found on numerous sites on the web like here:

You will see that Ranier and Mack were indicted under (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1591(a)(1), 1591(a)(2), 1591(b)(1), 1594(a), 2 and 3551 et sea.)

This is for Sex trafficking of children.
18 U.S. Code § 1591 – Sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion

The Jane Doe’s were children under the age of 14 at the time of the crime!!!

This fact has been conveniently omitted from all Main Stream Media News.

this is what 1591(b)(1) reads…

(b) The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) is—
(1) if the offense was effected by means of force, threats of force, fraud, or coercion described in subsection (e)(2), or by any combination of such means, or if the person recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained, advertised, patronized, or solicited had not attained the age of 14 years at the time of such offense, by a fine under this title and imprisonment for any term of years not less than 15 or for life;

F.D.C. Willard
F.D.C. Willard
5 years ago

I was tortured with Latin in school for 5 years. Vanguard is not a latin word at all. Whoever told you that is as good in Latin as Vanguard is at winning dash races as a minor.

5 years ago
Reply to  F.D.C. Willard

Vanguard is from Old French. Is that the only error you found, or are we awaiting more exciting corrections?

Larry Shea
Larry Shea
5 years ago
Reply to  F.D.C. Willard

Dear F.D.C.,

I am sorry to learn that you were “tortured with Latin in school for five years.” However, your statement that “Vanguard is not a Latin word at all” is not entirely correct. I shall try to explain this to you in the least tortuous manner possible. The word, vanguard, is derived from two French words – avant and garde. Avant means advanced and garde means guard. These two words are hyphenated to produce the word, avant-garde. This is where it becomes really interesting the word avant is derived from the combining of two Latin prepositions, ab and ante, which, when combined, produce abante. Therefore, the preposition, avant, is derived form the Latin preposition, abante.

The, guard in vanguard is derived from the Germanic word garde, which has been subsumed into the French language, which, of course contains Germanic words since the Franks, who settled in Gaul, were a Germanic tribe or nation. So, vanguard is a word that is derived from both the Latin and Germanic languages.

I am relatively sure that Mr. Raniere chose the word vanguard as a title for himself with the idea of the meaning being “the leader of a movement.” Personally, I prefer to address him as Vainguard, which is a neologism that means “an individual who vainly guards a vain movement with all of the vanity that they can muster.” Alternatively, Mr. Raniere could have simply given himself the more appropriate title of “Self-deluded Guru.”

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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