Former US diplomat to Mexico sexually abused and photographed multiple unconscious women while he was working at the US Embassy in Mexico City.
Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, who worked at the embassy for 14 years, pleaded guilty Friday to the sexual abuse of two women, and to taking nude or partially nude images and videos of over 20 women without their consent, according to the US Department of Justice.
“Raymond departed Mexico after an adult woman was observed nude and screaming for help from his balcony on May 31, 2020,” the DOJ said in a press release. “The woman reported she had no memory of events after consuming drinks and food provided by Raymond.”
“Brian Raymond betrayed the trust granted to him as a US government employee representing the United States abroad by engaging in years of predatory conduct sexually abusing, exploiting, and recording vulnerable women he targeted in the United States and around the world,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division in a statement.
Officials, during their investigation, uncovered hundreds of photos and videos of the victims from Raymond’s cell phones, as well as from his iCloud account, and other electronic devices.
According to the department, Raymond began committing the abuses in 2006, 14 years before he was arrested.
“Raymond’s hand is visible in photographs and videos manipulating his victims’ eyes, mouths, and limbs,” said the statement from the department.
The victims experienced memory loss when they were with him “and had no knowledge of the photographs, videos, or physical contact”.
In addition, after investigating Raymond’s internet search history, it was revealed that he had researched the effects of prescription drugs combined with alcohol, including using search terms such as “Ambien and alcohol pass out”, and “passed out and carried” among others.
Raymond admitted that he had had sex with two of the victims when they were not able to give their consent in his “embassy-leased residence in Mexico City,” according to the DOJ.
The department added that he “transported these obscene materials, specifically 479 photographs and videos of 20 unconscious and nude or partially nude women, into the United States.”
During the investigation, he not only lied to law enforcement officers, but attempted to delete images and videos from his online accounts and physical devices.
He may face life in prison, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release of at least five years and mandatory restitution if sentenced.