As early as , at age 24, he manipulated a year-old girl into a four-month sexual relationship, the woman, Gina Melita, told the Albany Times Union. I was young, inexperienced, overwhelmed, out of my league. Texts show exchanges between Nxivm leader and 'sex slave' Nxivm had all the hallmarks of a money-scamming cult — but the truth was far, far worse. He was arraigned in Texas on Tuesday and will now be brought to Brooklyn to face justice after what prosecutors say has been a lifetime of scamming and abusing women. But even as Raniere was hauled away from the luxury villa where he was hiding out, his pull on female followers remained strong — they jumped in a car and tried to chase him down in a high-speed pursuit, according to Donoghue. Many lived with him at his Clifton Park, NY, townhouse, while other followers moved nearby. But stunningly, the sashes, the bowing, the hero worship and the bizarre monikers masked far more disturbing things going on behind the scenes. I felt — every part of my body was like: In reality, investigators say, Raniere struggled to complete his courses and graduated with a 2. It was a hit. Get out of here. Additional reporting by Priscilla DeGregory Share this: But behind the scenes, Raniere has been blackmailing his female followers into becoming sex slaves branded with his initials, while other women in the group were made to wear fake cow udders on their bare breasts in acts of ritual humiliation, federal prosecutors allege. The women were also ordered by their masters to have sex with Raniere, and endure torture, including sleep deprivation, ice-cold showers and extreme low-calorie diets, prosecutors say. We even had these surgical masks on because the smell of flesh was so strong. A year later, the smooth-talking salesman met a nurse named Nancy Salzman — a practitioner of hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming — rebranded himself as a self-help guru for business bigwigs, and together they formed a training center called Executive Success Programs, just outside Albany. Whatever the truth, those who know Raniere frequently describe him as a deeply charismatic man who easily convinces others of his own brilliance.