Cult co-founder sentenced to 3 1/2 years in NXIVM sex slave case

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FILE — In this March 13, 2019 file photo, Nancy Salzman, center, arrives at Brooklyn federal court, in New York. Salzman, the former president and co-founder of NXIVM, was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, to 42 months in prison and fined $150,000, but won’t be locked up until January. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A former nurse who co-founded and once ran the cult-like NXIVM group has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Nancy Salzman must also pay a $150,000 fine. She has agreed to forfeit more than $500,000 in cash, several properties and a Steinway grand piano.

Speaking in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday, the 67-year-old said she fell under NXIVM leader Keith Rainere’s spell when they started working together 20 years ago and that she started rationalizing and overlooking the wrongdoing she saw around her.

She offered an apology to everyone she’s hurt and said, “I don’t know that I can ever forgive myself.”

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