Warning: This story accommodates descriptions of sexual assault.
A U.S. Embassy staffer accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a minimum of 24 girls over a 14-year interval was in truth a longtime CIA worker, the FBI announced Monday, because the bureau urged any attainable victims to return ahead within the case.
Serial molester Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, was arrested Oct. 9, 2020, in La Mesa, California, the place he had been staying along with his mother and father after abruptly quitting his job on the U.S. Embassy in Mexico Metropolis. He pleaded guilty this past July to 2 counts of sexual abuse and one rely of transporting obscene materials, and will probably be required to register as a intercourse offender for the remainder of his life upon his eventual launch from jail.
FBI spokeswoman Samantha Shero confirmed to The Day by day Beast that Raymond was working for the CIA throughout his embassy posting in Mexico. She declined to offer additional particulars about his precise place with the spy company. A CIA spokesperson instructed The Day by day Beast that Raymond was fired upon his arrest and mentioned in an emailed assertion, “CIA condemns within the strongest phrases the crimes dedicated by former Company officer Brian Jeffrey Raymond.”
As The Day by day Beast beforehand reported, the investigation into the veteran CIA man started after a passerby noticed a “naked, hysterical woman desperately screaming for help” on the terrace of a Mexico Metropolis condo leased by the U.S. Embassy. Investigators later uncovered practically 500 images and video footage of quite a few girls handed out in Raymond’s mattress. In some, a person will be seen holding open the victims’ eyelids, waving their limp legs and arms round, or placing his fingers of their mouths to show that they’re unconscious, in response to court docket filings.
A nude and clearly aroused Raymond, who handed greater than 10 polygraph exams throughout his authorities profession, is pictured in a number of of the pictures.
Raymond, who speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language and labored in a minimum of six totally different international locations over some 20 years of federal service that Raymond’s protection group described as “exemplary,” met his unsuspecting victims on Bumble, Hinge, and different relationship apps. After assembly Raymond for a date, his victims reported “consuming alcohol equipped and/or ready by Raymond and experiencing reminiscence loss throughout their time with Raymond,” states Raymond’s plea agreement. At the least 9 of Raymond’s assaults occurred in his official authorities residence.
Raymond’s on-line footprint was practically nonexistent, and his obscure job description led to hypothesis that he was an undercover operative somewhat than a State Division employee.
He continued to hold out his repugnant rape spree even after he knew he was beneath investigation, then unsuccessfully tried to wipe the incriminating proof from his cellphone, paperwork present. Not one of the girls had been able to consent after they had been assaulted, none consented to being recorded whereas in that state, and few had any reminiscence of the occasions in query, in response to authorities. Investigators uncovered “quite a few” chats between Raymond and the ladies he assaulted during which they apologize for blacking out, ask Raymond if they’d intercourse, and seem to haven’t any recollection of what occurred the night time earlier than.
When investigators seemed into Raymond’s on-line search history, they found he had seemed for phrases together with “handed out black woman,” “deep sleep,” “Ambien and alcohol and move out,” “dissolve,” and “handed out and carried.” One set of images depicted Raymond abusing an unconscious girl, exposing her breast and knocking down her shorts. The subsequent morning, Raymond texted the lady, in response to investigators.
“[H]opefully you aren’t too hung over in the present day,” he mentioned.
“Hey!” the lady replied, clearly unaware as to what had occurred. “Yesterday was tough. I had a large hangover… lol. I had enjoyable too! Now we have to do it once more.”
On their second date, the lady and Raymond went to a wine bar then headed again to her place, the place she opened a bottle of pink wine for them to share. At one level, she left the bottle unattended whereas the 2 stepped out onto the balcony. When Raymond went inside to make use of the lavatory, he got here again out with the wine bottle and refilled each of their glasses. However the girl quickly felt woozy and felt like she was going to faint. The very last thing she remembered was telling Jeffrey that she wanted to lie down. Later, the lady awoke with a totally clothed Jeffrey in mattress beside her.
Though she was nonetheless having hassle standing, the lady—who had no concept she had been sexually assaulted till she was ultimately interviewed by investigators—seen that Raymond didn’t seem impaired in any respect.
Raymond was arrested final October outdoors a health club in California. Simply days earlier than he was caught, he spent the night time with a girl he met on-line who instructed cops she “believes she had intercourse with [Raymond] a minimum of thrice, however she solely has small fragments of reminiscence of the encounters,” court docket filings acknowledged.
Raymond is scheduled to be sentenced in Washington, D.C. federal court docket on Feb. 7. His attorneys didn’t reply to a request for remark.