Jan 3, 2023
The FBI is urging possible sexual abuse survivors to come forward following an announcement confirming that a U.S. Embassy staffer accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least 24 women over the course of a 14-year period was actually a longtime CIA employee.
Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, is described as a “serial molester” by the FBI and media outlets including the Daily Beast. The former CIA employee was arrested on October 9 in La Mesa, California, where he had reportedly been staying with his parents after abruptly leaving his position at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, according to the Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast also confirmed that Raymond pleaded guilty this past July to the following charges:
Upon his release from prison, he will reportedly be required to register as a lifetime sex offender.
According to the FBI, the investigation into Raymond began on May 31, 2020. On that date, the FBI has indicated that a “naked woman was seen screaming for help from the balcony of Raymond’s residence in Mexico City.” The apartment was reportedly leased by the U.S. Embassy. Raymond ultimately admitted to having sexual intercourse with that victim, but the woman reported that she had “no memory of events” after consuming drinks and food provided by Raymond.
During their investigation into Raymond, the FBI and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) recovered from his electronic devices a reported “hundreds of photographs and videos created between 2006 and May 30, 2020.” According to an FBI/DSS press release, those photos and videos depicted at least 24 unconscious and nude (or partially nude) women. The FBI/DSS press release also confirmed that “almost all of the women” found in the photos/videos experienced memory loss while with Raymond and had “no knowledge of the photographs, videos, or any physical contact.”
The Daily Beast report provided the following image (courtesy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia):
Raymond’s plea agreement indicates that he met unsuspecting victims on Bumble, Hinge, and other dating apps. Meetings for dates with his victims reportedly led to “drinking alcohol supplied and/or prepared by Raymond and experiencing memory loss during their time with Raymond.” Additionally, the plea agreement indicates that at least nine of Raymond’s attacks occurred at his official government residence.
Raymond is scheduled to be sentenced in Washington, D.C. federal court on February 7, 2022. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release of at least five years, and mandatory restitution.
In a joint statement, the FBI and DSS requested the public’s assistance in identifying potential survivors of and additional information about “serial sexual offender Brian Jeffrey Raymond.”
Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Raymond or may have information about him should fill out a secure questionnaire at fbi.gov/BrianJeffreyRaymond. Additionally, you can contact the FBI via email at ReportingBJR@fbi.gov or by phone at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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