The sentencing of convicted NXVIM sex cult leader Keith Raniere was delayed until next year — not that he’s going anywhere.
The already-imprisoned Raniere, who faces life behind bars on his convictions for racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and sex trafficking, learned of the delay during a brief Friday hearing in Brooklyn Federal Court.
U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis had originally set a Sept. 25 sentencing date for the overlord of a secret group of sex slaves who were branded, forced to pose for nude photos and to perform sex acts. One of Raniere’s victims was age 15 when he first began sleeping with her.
But probation reports are still being prepared and likely won’t be finished until late November, punting the high-profile sentencing into the new year, said Garaufis. Raniere is currently behind bars inside Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
Raniere, 58, wore his hair buzzed short and a pair of oversized tan jail scrubs on his small frame during the brief proceeding. He was brought into court in handcuffs for discussions relating to a potential conflict of interest involving one of his attorneys, Teny Geragos.
At some point after Raniere’s conviction, Geragos applied for a job at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn — the office that handled the NXIVM prosecutions.
Raniere is required to waive the conflict if he wishes to proceed with Geragos on his defense team. Her father, Mark Geragos, is a Los Angeles-based celebrity attorney.
“Mr. Raniere needs some time to consider this issue a little bit longer,” said lawyer Avi Moskowitz, who was assigned to counsel the creepy self-help preacher turned sex cult “Grandmaster.”
The parties were told to file arguments and return to court on Oct. 31 for the conflict hearing to go forward.
Several other high-ranking members of the NXIVM hierarchy pleaded guilty before trial, including “Smallville” actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman.