Larry Ray’s daughter, Talia Ray, was initially under her father’s influence but later became a key witness against him. She testified about the psychological and physical abuse she and others suffered under her father’s control.
Larry Ray, whose full name is Lawrence Ray, was arrested in February 2020 on charges of extortion, sex trafficking, forced labor, and other offenses. His daughter, Talia Ray, played a significant role in the case against him. Initially, Talia was enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, where Larry Ray moved into her dormitory in 2010 after being released from prison. He began exerting influence over Talia and her college friends, presenting himself as a father figure and mentor.
Over time, Larry Ray’s behavior escalated to manipulation, psychological control, and abuse. He convinced several students to move into a Manhattan apartment with him, where the abuse continued. Talia, who was once under her father’s spell, eventually realized the extent of his manipulation and the harm he was causing. She distanced herself from him and became instrumental in the investigation that led to his arrest.
During the trial, Talia Ray testified about the years of control and abuse she and others endured. Her testimony, along with that of other victims, painted a harrowing picture of Larry Ray’s manipulation and the impact it had on his victims’ lives. The trial shed light on the complex dynamics of psychological manipulation and the difficulty victims face in extricating themselves from such situations. Larry Ray’s case is a stark reminder of the potential for abuse of power within personal relationships and the importance of supporting victims as they come forward to share their experiences.