Rhiannon was 12 years old when Keith Raniere began tutoring her.

Remember Rhiannon, Who Said Raniere Raped Her 60 Times When She Was 12

This post is for the followers of Keith Alan Raniere. Some of them told me they do not believe Keith had sex with Camila when she was 15.

Camila is expected to make a victim statement at Raniere’s sentencing later today.

Raaniere’s followers claim that Camila will be lying if she testifies that she and Raniere began their sexual relationship when she was 15. They went further, however, and said that, if Cami’s story is true [which they do not believe it is], they would denounce Raniere.

Similarly, they think the child porn pictures of Camila were tampered with – and that Keith never took nude pictures of her when she was still a child. Once again,  they will denounce Raniere if they are convinced otherwise.

I told some of them the story of Rhiannon, who wanted to testify at the trial of Raniere but the judge did not let her because he felt it would be too prejudicial.

Raniere was not charged with raping Rhiannon, which allegedly occurred in the 1990s, when she was 12.  He was 30 at the time.

When I told the story to his followers, they sought to discredit it. Why did she come around so late? Who was behind it? The Illuminati? The World Jewish Congress?

I said, “This was long before Raniere became Vanguard – and long before any powerful world forces were out to get him.”

When Rhiannon met Raniere, she lived with her mother, who worked at his Consumers’ Buyline Inc., which was later closed down by the New York State Attorney General.  His followers think the government was out to get Raniere and closed him down.

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Rhiannon was 12 when Raniere started having sex with her, she claims.
In 2012, the Albany Times Union published In Raniere’s Shadow wherein a then 33-year-old Rhiannon claimed Raniere had sexual encounters with her when she was a child.

The TU wrote, she was “a 12-year-old with feathered bangs and long blond hair…Her mother was a saleswoman for Raniere’s members-only buying club, Consumers’ Buyline Inc… When Raniere offered free tutoring, the girl’s mother jumped at the opportunity. At the same time…one of Raniere’s longtime girlfriends, Pamela Cafritz, hired Rhiannon to walk her dog twice a day.”

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Keith Raniere at the time he was allegedly raping Rhiannon. 
 

Pamela Cafritz came up with a way to bring Rhiannon over to the house.
 

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Pamela Cafritz had a Cocker Spaniel named Jack. She paid Rhiannon to come over to the house and walk the dog twice a day.
The Times Union continued: “Cafritz encouraged the girl’s visits to the townhouse she and Raniere shared with other women. And Raniere showered the girl with attention. She said he urged her to talk about her life. He gave her a necklace — a heart with a stone in it….
[Raniere] told her she hugged like a child, her arms wrapped around him but her hips pushed away.  He taught her to hug the way adults do, pelvis-to-pelvis… The girl liked being able to hang out with Raniere and the women around him. She thought sex was just part of fitting in.
“They told me I was smart and took an interest in me; they let me spend every afternoon at their house,” she said. “… I was perfect picking… To have someone that mature and that well thought of to be interested in me, it was flattering. I was young, inexperienced, overwhelmed, out of my league.”

 

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3 Flintlock Lane, the townhouse where Raniere allegedly raped Rhiannon

The Times Union continues: “Raniere [had] sex with her not only in his townhouse but in empty offices, in an elevator and in a broom closet at the plaza that housed Consumers’ Buyline, she said. But after several months and about 60 sexual encounters with Raniere, she said, her emotions had changed. She started skipping school and running away from home. He lived nearby, and as her uncertainty about the relationship grew, she didn’t feel safe at home.”

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Raniere brought Rhiannon to Consumers’ Buyline’s offices in Clifton Park where he allegedly raped her.
 

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Consumers’ Buyline’s offices were on the second floor.  Raniere allegedly raped 12-year old Rhiannon in the elevator, she claimed.

Defenders of Raniere said Rhiannon was paid by the Times Union to make up the story. However, according to a deposition Rhiannon signed in 1993, she told New York State Police that she had “sexual intercourse with a man named Keith Raniere” some 19 years before the Times Union story was published.

Rhiannon [then 15] told police the sexual intercourse “occurred when I was approximately 12-13 years old and occurred either at Keith’s townhouse at 3 Flintlock Lane, Clifton NY or his business located at Rome Plaza, Clifton Park, NY.”

Here is a copy of the police report.

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The Times Union continued: “[Rhiannon] refused to wear a wire and confront Raniere to capture incriminating statements… The girl didn’t want to see Raniere again and didn’t think he would fall for a police plan to have her wear a wire…

“He took my innocence,” she said. “I can never get that back.”

The Times Union also spoke with Rhiannon’s mother: Her mother confirmed the story.

A 1994 school district document provides further evidence that Rhiannon wasn’t paid years later to make up the story.

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The document confirms Rhiannon ran away from home, was placed in a detention center for three years, contracted Hodgkins Disease and underwent treatment with radiation and chemotherapy.

The school report continues:

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For his part, Raniere went on to become a teacher of ethics, and founder of Nxivm, calling himself Vanguard, and enjoying sexual encounters with many female students.

After a 20 year run leading Nxivm, he was arrested for sex trafficking and other crimes on March 26, 2018, some 27 years after he allegedly raped Rhiannon. He was convicted on all charges by a jury in Brooklyn federal court after a six week trial on June 19, 2019.  He faces life in prison.

He will be sentenced today at 11 a.m.

He was never convicted, nor will he serve any time for raping Rhiannon.

It might be well to remember, as his followers try to disbelieve Camila’s story, that more than a decade before Camila was allegedly raped by Raniere, another little girl alleged the same thing happened to her– and documents show that shortly after the time it happened, this girl, at just the age Cami was when she was first raped, told her story to police.

She had no reason to lie then.  And last year, she was ready to testify under penalty of perjury about what happened to her in 1993.

Today, she may have another chance to tell her story…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Will Rhiannon ever tell her side? I hope she has healed from the abuse she suffered. She was just a baby when he did this. Disgusting.

  • Dear Frank,
    It is with great appreciation mixed with deep sadness that I wish to congratulate you. Your tremendous work frees the path for all victims of sexual abuse. Your exceptional investigative journalism cracked NXIVM and ultimately helped to obliterate it. And you have also brought to the surface the experiences of a girl, who although unable to testify, has now had her abhorrent experience validated – and believed by millions. This is so powerful in the process of healing. And there is vicarious satisfaction for all who have experienced abuse when a perp is finally seen clearly as a criminal and gets 120 years.

  • The DOSsiers videos are the perfect example of the “It did not happen to me, so it does not matter” selfishness that was promoted by the “tech” of jness. Or, JANUS.

    And yes, Nancy “wet kisses” Salzman and Pam Cafritz were well-aware, which is why their justification and promotion of Raniere’s horrific abuse of women deems little sympathy. They are both horrible, along with the other, less publicized OG harem.

    I have often thought that Nancy was more angry that Lauren, her legacy, did not end up “Queen of Mexico” almost more than she cared for her high-end athi-leisure lifestyle or anything else with all of the back-biting that Keith was causing, not to mention the other complications.

    Of course, Nancy is sorry! She created a group of women who laughed at her. Viva the Nxivm Cultural Revolution!

    • Yes, it reminds me of all of the people here who don’t care that literally millions of new people are being scammed by Amway and other MLM scams in the U.S. alone every single year. LOL

  • What a monster. So angry and the gang of five still supporting him. Why hasn’t Nicki Clyne been deported for faking a marriage?

  • We believe you Rhiannon!

    I hope that you can find continued healing as justice inches closer to being served (as of this writing, victims are making statements).

    Please take care of yourself and know that we believe you and are keeping you in our prayers.

  • Thank God this woman is finally having acknowledged what was done to her all those years ago.
    I pray it is healing for her.

  • Very important to publish this. Usually, with men like this, there are many many more women or girls than come forward. I have not been raped but the few men who have tried it on at work, etc., I have never reported as the downside is worse than the upside. That is probably very common for a lot of women/girls (and of course some boys such as in boarding schools who suffered things)

    • A huge high school football player tried to rape me, and almost nearly succeeded when I was 14 years old. I am eternally grateful I had the inspiration to lie to him and tell him my mother was going to be home any minute. This scared him off, and he left very quickly.
      Scary situations would trigger my PTSD from that horribly, but I never told anyone until I told my husband when I was over 40 years old when metoo stories started coming out. It’s like all of the sudden it was safe to talk about it.

      • I’m so sorry this happened to you. I completely understand how difficult it can be to bring up things like this, you are brave!

      • Anonymous 2:04pm,

        I am incredibly sorry to learn what happened to you.

        Most of the women I know have been sexually assaulted, in some form, over the course of their life.

        P.S. Ignore the “LOL” male commenter.

        He does not understand he is mean. Apparently, he is on the spectrum.

        Aspergers

  • This is not inconsistent with his future sexual preferences. Raniere has the DOS women on starvation diets because it transforms the body back to a pubescent-like state. It was a way to make of-age women look younger.

  • Good day for this reminder to everyone.

    I bet a bunch more people are running off to get their hair tested. Especially, those he statutorily raped, or were privy to his deepest darkest secrets.

  • Based on the STARZ series, I think India might be the most damaging to KR today. She really despises him. Also, Allison better hope she does not speak at her sentencing.

  • They know everything he did but they don’t care. They are horrible people who are in love with a pedophile. I can’t wait to never hear about this monster again.

  • All you Nxivm shills have known about Rhiannon for a long time. You will have found out the same way I did, by reading the Frank Report. You also knew about Kristin Snyder and Gina Hutchinson.

    Enjoy the civility and patience being extended to you by Mr. Parlato, but please understand, you are base people with shockingly low mentalities. You do not deserve the respect you are being shown, in that you did not create the circumstances for it.

    You are being given it because that is the nature of Frank Parlato, himself. You are lucky. I hope you remember how well you were treated here. It’s unlikely you will ever receive such kind assistance going forward into your futures.

    In these last weeks, as far as karma is concerned, I do believe you have absolutely sealed your fates, and in the worst possible way.

  • Any Nxivm members out there reading this?

    We’re YOU named in this expose that revealed Keith Raniere was a pedophile all those years ago?

    Did you choose to stay on?

Frank Parlato Investigates

Frank Parlato Investigates

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, many others in all five continents.

His work helping 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 featured prominently on HBO’s documentary “The Vow” and acted as lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.”

Parlato will be featured in an upcoming episode of American Greed.

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