US Embassy staffer is a ‘serial rapist who drugged, recorded his assault of at least 23 women over a decade in Mexico City’ – Feds
Veteran staffer Brian Jeffrey Raymond was arrested last Octo 9 in San Diego
He was charged in one case involving an alleged assault on May 31, officials said
Raymond is now facing two additional charges of sexual abuse at his U.S. government leased apartment in Mexico City
Feds searching his electronic devices found 400 photos and videos of him sexually abusing women allegedly intoxicated and unconscious
An unsealed FBI affidavit details how he lured one California woman to Mexico – FBI uncovered 77 disturbing images of the two on his devices
Raymond, who left his job in June, is accused of filming many of his alleged victims while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors
History of alleged serial abuser was uncovered after police found a ‘naked, hysterical woman screaming for help’ from the balcony of his Mexico City apt in May
The US diplomat accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least 23 women is facing new charges after photograph was circulated for the first time.
Brian Jeffrey Raymond, a former staffer at the US Embassy in Mexico, was arrested last October in San Diego on one count of coercion and enticement. At the time federal agents searching his electronic devices found 400 photos and videos of him sexually abusing women allegedly intoxicated and unconscious.
The indictment spoke of victims in Mexico City and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. However, Raymond, 44, is now facing two additional charges of sexual abuse at his U.S. government leased apartment in Mexico City, The Daily Beast reports.
The new charges Raymond now faces stem from additional communications FBI investigators have recovered from his electronic devices and iCloud account.
In one conversation, Raymond convinced a California woman identified in court records only as “Adult Victim 2” to visit him in Mexico following their first date in the U.S.
She had already ‘blacked out’ during their first date in February 2018 in the US, prosecutors allege. During a second vist in November of that year, the woman says she passed out again.
Raymond allegedly recorded his abuse of the unconscious woman.
During the investigations the FBI found 77 disturbing images of the diplomat and the alleged victim were found on his devices. Raymond is seen holding up her eyelids and pulling down her underwear. She told feds that she ‘was unaware of the existence of any photographs and videos and did not consent to them being taken,’ the affidavit states.
Raymond, who left his job in June and moved back in with his parents, is accused of filming many of his alleged victims while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors.
Some of the images allegedly showed Raymond nude and aroused as he held victims’ eyes open, played with their limbs and put fingers in their mouths to show they were unconscious.
Another alleged victim told them she she ‘lost all memory shortly after arriving at Raymond’s apartment.
The last thing she remembers is walking down a hallway with him, this particular said. ‘She does not recall having sex or consenting to sex. Nevertheless, she awoke naked in his bed, and her body felt as if she had been penetrated vaginally.’
The FBI started investigating after Mexican police responding to a call May 31 found a woman naked and screaming from the balcony of an embassy-leased apartment in Mexico City.
Investigators found more than 400 photos and videos on Raymond’s iCloud account in which he appears to be filming unconscious women, many of whom he met on dating apps, according to court documents.
Raymond has worked for the U.S. government for 23 years in numerous countries, according to court documents. Prosecutors did not specify what position he held in Mexico other than to say he was working for a U.S. government agency at the embassy.
Roberto Velasco, director general of North America in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Raymond was the first secretary of the United States, a mid-level diplomatic post.
Mexican authorities collaborated with U.S. officials on the investigation that led to Raymond’s arrest ‘in order to bring to justice a potential series of sexual abuses that occurred in both countries,’ Velasco said in a statement.
Raymond who departed from his posting in June, is accused of filming many of his alleged victims while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors. It is clear if he quit or was recalled.
Some of the images allegedly showed Raymond nude and aroused as he held victims’ eyes open, played with their limbs and put fingers in their mouths to show they were unconscious
The Mexican government emphasized ‘its categorical rejection of any form of gender violence,’ Velasco said.
Raymond has not entered a plea. Neither embassy nor State Department officials would comment on the case.
Raymond left Mexico in mid-June after he was questioned about the May 31 incident and his cellphones and lap top were seized, according to court documents.
Raymond first came to the attention of police this past May, when a naked woman was seen screaming for help from the balcony of Raymond’s apartment. She appeared to be extremely intoxicated, couldn’t walk on her own, and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. There, doctors found “injuries consistent with vaginal and anal penetration,” including lacerations to the woman’s rectum that were consistent with “the introduction of a hard object with blunt edges.”
The victim told investigators she had no idea that Raymond was filming her or that he had pulled down her bra, exposing her breasts.
The 23 other victims were uncovered after investigators found hundreds of photos and videos, according to court documents.
If convicted, Raymond could face a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Raymond’s apartment was in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood. It is one of the richest areas of Mexico City, a main hub for finance and high-end commerce. He had been living in the high brow apartment leased by the US government since August 2018.
the suspect has worked in at least six countries over more than two decades of federal service that Raymond’s defense team called “exemplary.”
Fluent in Spanish and Mandarin, Raymond has ‘led an exemplary life’ from all outward appearances, according to prosecutors who implied he was able to hide in plain sight, due to his chameleon type qualities.
‘The fact that many victims in defendant´s case were unaware of his behavior until they were shown the videos and photographs made while they were unconscious is evidence of his unique ability to portray a very different public face,’ prosecutors said in their court filings.
Seemingly undeterred by his Mexican debacle, Raymond continued to meet with women until September of this year in San Diego, according to court documents.
In one set of images, a man believed to be Raymond was seen pawing at a woman’s breast and pulling down her shorts while she was unconscious, court documents state.
Raymond allegedly texted the woman the next morning, writing: ‘[H]opefully you aren’t too hung over today.’
‘Hey!’ she wrote back. ‘Yesterday was rough. I had a massive hangover… lol. I had fun too! We have to do it again.’
The pair went on another date, during which the women remembered blacking out after a few drinks and then woke up fully clothed in her bed next to Raymond.
Prosecutors said the woman was unaware that she had been sexually assaulted by Raymond until after investigators showed her the images found on his devices.
Case: USA v Raymond
Raymond was detained by Mexican police, but returned to the U.S. the next day after claiming diplomatic immunity. The FBI seized Raymond’s personal and work phones, which yielded the photographic evidence.
His laptop’s online history included searches for such phrases as “passed out black girl,” “deep sleep,” “Ambien and alcohol and pass out,” “dissolve,” and “passed out and carried.” Raymond tried to wipe his devices of evidence, the feds say, but they were still able to extract much of what they needed to make their case.
Initial laboratory testing had provided conflicting accounts of the woman on the balcony’s level of intoxication the night Raymond was arrested in Mexico. Initial testing did not reveal the presence of any controlled substances in her system, it says. However, additional testing later conducted by the FBI revealed the presence of cocaine and methamphetamine.
Despite being under investigation, Raymond continued to use dating apps to meet women from July up until his arrest in October, prosecutors said.
One of the women he met during that period told investigators that she only had hazy memories of having sex with him.
“There are photographs and videos of three unconscious women in his bed, two in late-March 2020 and one on May 30, 2020, at the height of the COVID crisis,” stated the government’s detention memo.
The FBI believes there are more victims to be found.