A former U.S. government employee pleaded guilty today to drugging and sexually abusing numerous women in several countries, including photographing and videotaping more than two dozen nude or partially nude women without their consent while they were unconscious or incapable of consent.
According to court documents, Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 47, of La Mesa, California, was employed by the U.S. government at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Raymond admitted to drugging and sexually assaulting several women in his embassy-rented accommodation and elsewhere between 2006 and 2020. Additionally, Raymond admitted that, over 14 years, he photographed or videotaped 28 victims as they were naked or partially naked. Numerous recordings show Raymond touching and manipulating the victims’ bodies while they were unconscious and unable to consent. Raymond attempted to remove explicit photographs and videos depicting the victims after learning of the criminal investigation.
Under the plea agreement, Raymond faces between 24 and 30 years in prison and life supervised release. He will also have to pay mandatory restitution to the victims of his criminal offenses. Sentencing hearings are scheduled for September 18 and 19, 2024. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; United States Attorney Matthew M. Graves for the District of Columbia; William Ferrari, Deputy Assistant Director of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) of the U.S. Department of State, Office of Special Investigations; and Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson of the Criminal Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.
The DSS Office of Special Investigations and the FBI Washington Field Office are investigating the case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and National Security provided valuable assistance. The FBI Legal Attaché’s office in Mexico also provided particularly valuable assistance.
Attorneys Angela Buckner and Katharine Wagner of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section, along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Mayer-Dempsey for the District of Columbia, are prosecuting the case.
The Department of Justice warmly thanks the Government of Mexico, including the Fiscalía General de la República, the Fiscalía General de Justicia de la Ciudad de México, and the Secretaría de Relaciones Externales, for their extraordinary efforts, support and cooperation during this investigation.