Brian Jeffrey Raymond (pictured), 45, of La Mesa, Calif., pleaded guilty Friday to federal sexual abuse and transportation of pornographic material charges, according to the Justice Department.
A former US diplomat could face life in prison after being convicted of raping and drugging 23 women over several years while he was employed at the US embassy in Mexico City.
Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, of La Mesa, Calif., pleaded guilty Friday to federal sexual abuse and transportation of pornographic material charges, according to the Justice Department.
Raymond’s investigation was launched last May after a naked woman was seen screaming for help on the balcony of her Mexico City apartment.
The woman told the FBI that she had no recollection of events after consuming the drinks and food provided by Raymond.
He was arrested last October in La Mesa on a count of coercion and inducement.
‘Brian Raymond betrayed the trust given to him as a U.S. government employee representing the United States over years of sexual abuse, exploitation and recording of targeted women in the United States and around the world,’ assistant attorney Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Criminal Division of the General Justice Department said in a statement.
‘As Raymond’s prosecution and argument demonstrate, the Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners will use all means available to us to hold women harassers accountable.’
Throughout their investigation, FBI agents said they recovered hundreds of photos and videos depicting more than 20 unconscious and naked or partially nude women from Raymond’s cell phone, iCloud account and other electronic devices.
The files are from 2006 and continue till May 2020.
Photos and videos clearly depict Raymond loving the victims’ breasts and buttocks, in addition to lying in bed with unconscious women on two separate occasions.
During their time with Raymond, the women claimed that they experienced memory loss and had no knowledge of photographs, videos, or physical contact.
In addition, FBI agents said Internet histories recovered from Raymond’s devices revealed a search for unconscious women and side effects of drugs combined with alcohol.
Raymond’s investigation was launched last May after a naked woman was seen screaming for help on the balcony of her Mexico City apartment
According to court documents, Raymond has worked for the US government for 23 years in several countries. Prosecutors did not say what position he held in Mexico, other than to say he was working for a US government agency at the embassy (pictured)
In his plea agreement, Raymond admitted that he was involved in sexual intercourse with the two victims depicted in the recording ‘when both were unable to assess the nature of the conduct or consent to it.’
Both incidents took place in a residence leased by Raymond’s embassy in Mexico City.
Raymond admitted that over the course of 14 years, he recorded and/or photographed at least 24 unconscious and naked or partially nude women, and touched the breasts, buttocks, genitals of several women, ‘while they consented. was unable.
The DOJ said Raymond transported all 479 photographs and videos of 20 unconscious and naked or partially nude women to the United States.
According to court documents, Raymond has worked for the US government for 23 years in several countries. Prosecutors did not specify what position he was in Mexico, other than to say that he was working for a US government agency at the embassy.
This is the first time a US embassy in Mexico City has been on fire.
In 2014, an unidentified married Treasury briefcase was fired after an investigation found that he forced a 22-year-old woman to perform oral sex at a New Year’s Eve party at his taxpayer-funded apartment. .
However, his name has been modified in all documents and his name has never been released, despite frequent requests and the Biden administration’s pledge for greater transparency.
This is the first time a US embassy in Mexico City has been on fire. In 2014, an unidentified married Treasury attaché was fired following an investigation into which he forced a 22-year-old woman to perform oral sex at a New Year’s Eve party at his taxpayer-funded apartment.
His case reappeared in March after Raymond’s arrest.
In December, 2017, it was revealed that the Treasury Department paid $174,000 over five years to settle sexual assault cases involving several members of Congress.
It is not known whether Treasury officials paid anything to settle sexual harassment claims involving their own employees.
This is not the first time that a government department has protected the identity of a high-ranking foreign official accused of misconduct while abroad.
In January 2016, DailyMail.com revealed that a US consulate employee had a child out of her care because authorities feared the minor was in danger after systematic abuse and neglect.
A document exposed how an International Trade Administration staff member allegedly subjected the minor to shocking care while working abroad and living in a government-owned home
An investigation found that the child was fed less regularly and encouraged to take off his clothes at the consulate’s residence so that the man could allegedly take nude pictures of him.
The then unidentified employee also allegedly harassed female colleagues during her posting and used a government email address to meet the women online.