A former U.S. embassy employee who sexually assaulted at least 24 women over 14 years while filming the attacks was inside the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations revealed Monday when it urged other victims to come forward. .
Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, of La Mesa, Calif., faces life in prison after admitting to federal sexual assault and transportation of obscene material in July after being caught stationed at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, according to the Ministry of Justice.
He was stationed there between 2018 and his abrupt departure in May 2020. Raymond’s assaults began in 2006 and investigators have yet to say where the other abuse took place.
The FBI stated that Raymond worked for “many years” at the CIA, but did not specify when he worked there, for how long and in what capacity. However, a source familiar with the matter said: The everyday beast that the CIA took administrative action after Raymond’s arrest and that he resigned his post shortly after.
An investigation into Raymond’s electronic devices revealed that between an undisclosed month in 2006 and May 2020, he took hundreds of photos and videos of at least 24 unconscious and (partially) naked women. A number of photos show Raymond touching the victims’ breasts, genitals and buttocks.
Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, of La Mesa, California, worked for the CIA while sexually assaulting and taking photos and videos of at least 24 women for 14 years. He pleaded guilty in July
The FBI stated that Raymond worked for “many years” at the CIA, but did not specify when he worked there, for how long and in what capacity
The agency urged other victims to come forward as not all women in the photos/videos have been identified
Nearly all of the women featured in the photos and videos had amnesia during their time with Raymond and were unaware that he was taking pictures, recording them and touching them, the FBI said. They have not yet commented on whether those women are believed to have been drugged.
Raymond will be sentenced on February 7, 2022 in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, following a pre-conviction hearing beginning January 31, 2022.
Some of the women depicted in the photos and videos have yet to be identified, and the FBI has said it is looking for other potential victims before coming forward before Raymond is convicted.
A statement from the organization reads: “If you believe you have been a victim of Brian Jeffrey Raymond, or if you have any information about Raymond, the FBI is asking you to complete a secure questionnaire, available at fbi.gov/BrianJeffreyRaymond. You may also contact the FBI by email at ReportingBJR@fbi.gov or by phone at 1-800-CALL-FBI.”
An investigation into Raymond was launched last May after a naked woman shouted for help from the balcony of his Mexico City apartment.
The woman told the FBI she could not remember any events after consuming drinks and food provided by Raymond.
Raymond will be sentenced on February 7, 2022 in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, following a pre-conviction hearing beginning January 31, 2022
Raymond worked at the US Embassy in Mexico from August 2018 (pictured above), before abruptly quitting in May 2020 and moving in with his parents in La Mesa, California
Raymond’s apartment was in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. It is one of the wealthiest areas of Mexico City, an important hub for finance and high-end commerce
Raymond worked at the U.S. Embassy from August 2018 before abruptly quitting in May 2020 and moving in with his parents in La Mesa, California.
It’s unclear what prompted the sudden departure or whether it was related to the investigation into his abuse.
He was arrested there last October, on the grounds of coercion and enticement.
Brian Raymond has betrayed the trust bestowed upon him as an employee of the United States government representing the United States abroad by engaging in years of predatory behavior that involved the sexual abuse, exploitation and capture of vulnerable women he had in the United States. and targeted the rest of the world,” the assistant attorney general said. Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, in a statement.
“As evidenced by Raymond’s prosecution and plea, the Justice Department and its law enforcement partners will use every means at our disposal to hold those who victimize women accountable.”
In addition to the trove of photos and videos on Raymond’s devices, FBI agents said his internet history revealed searches for unconscious women and side effects of prescription drugs combined with alcohol.
In his plea, Raymond admitted that he had sexual intercourse with two of the victims depicted in the footage “when both were unable to judge or agree to the nature of the conduct.”
Both incidents took place at Raymond’s embassy-rented residence in Mexico City.
Raymond admitted to capturing and/or photographing at least 24 unconscious and naked or partially naked women over the course of 14 years, touching the breasts, buttocks and genitals of numerous women “while unable to consent.”
The DOJ said Raymond transported all 479 photos and videos of 20 unconscious and naked or partially naked women to the United States.
Raymond has worked for the US government in numerous countries for 23 years, according to court documents. Prosecutors did not specify what position he held in Mexico, other than working for a US government agency at the embassy.
This is not the first incident in which the US embassy in Mexico City has come under fire. In 2014, an unidentified married Treasury attaché was fired after an investigation found he forced a 22-year-old woman to have oral sex at a New Year’s Eve party in his taxpayer-funded apartment.
This is not the first incident that the US embassy in Mexico City has come under fire.
In 2014, an unidentified married Treasury attaché was fired after an investigation found he forced a 22-year-old woman to have oral sex at a New Year’s Eve party in his taxpayer-funded apartment.
However, his name has been redacted in all documents and his name has never been released, despite constant requests and promises from the Biden administration for greater transparency.
His case resurfaced in March after Raymond was arrested.
In December 2017, it was revealed that the Treasury Department paid $174,000 over five years to settle sexual harassment cases involving many members of Congress.
It is not known whether Treasury officials paid anything to settle sexual harassment claims involving its own staff.
This is also not the first time a government department has protected the identity of a high-ranking foreign official accused of misconduct while stationed abroad.
In January 2016, DailyMail.com discovered that a U.S. consulate employee had taken care of a child because officials feared the minor was at risk from systematic abuse and neglect.
A document revealed how the International Trade Administration staffer allegedly subjected the minor to shocking care while working abroad and living in a government-owned house
An investigation found the child was routinely malnourished and was encouraged to take off their clothes at the consulate residence so that the man could allegedly take nude photos of them.
At the time, the unidentified employee also allegedly harassed female colleagues during his secondment and used a government email address to meet women online.