Keith Raniere, the leader of the "self-help" organization NXIVM, which has been accused of being a sex cult, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday.

“In every aspect of his conduct, Mr. Raniere has acted like the law does not apply to him,” Judge Nicholas Garaufis said before sentencing Raniere. “Unfortunately for him, it does.”

After a six-week trial last summer, Raniere, 60, was found guilty of seven criminal charges, including racketeering, sex trafficking, child pornography, forced labor conspiracy, identity theft, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice.

In a statement, Raniere said, “I do believe strongly I am innocent of all the charges, but it is also true I see all this pain."

During today's sentencing hearing, 15 victims spoke about how Raniere left them traumatized. That included a woman only identified as Camila, who said she was raped by Raniere in 2005 when she was 15 and he was 45. She said that she and her two older sisters were lured from their home in Mexico to move to NXIVM's home base near Albany. She says the three of them were impregnated by Raniere, who forced them all to have abortions.

“He screwed with my mind for so long,’’ she said. “He robbed me of my youth. He used my innocence to do whatever he wanted with me [...] It has taken a long time for me to begin to process the trauma he caused."

Former NXIVM member India Oxenberg also spoke, saying Raniere separated her from her mother, controlled her eating, and expected her to have sex with him. “You are a sexual predator, and you raped me,” she said. “When you touched me, I recoiled.”

Last month, Raniere's attorneys said in a court filing that he felt no remorse for his actions, and that he would seek a new trial. “He is not sorry for his conduct or his choices,” the lawyers wrote, adding he “intends to fight this case with all of his might, confident that he will one day be vindicated.”

Prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo that because Raniere has remained "unrepentant" with "no empathy for his victims" since his conviction, he deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison. He has turned to a small group of still-loyal supporters to help him. "In his communications with his supporters, Raniere repeatedly attempts to cast himself as a victim of persecution and harassment from the government and from unknown enemies," prosecutors wrote in their memo.

Raniere has called the judge "crazy" and told one of his supporters that the judge “needs to know he’s being watched," according to prosecutors. He is also trying to create a podcast about his case, and set up a contest for his followers to find errors in his prosecution in exchange for a $25,000 cash prize. More than 50 of those supportive NXIVM community members wrote letters to the court praising Raniere as a modern-day Svengali; that includes Battlestar Galactica actress Nicki Clyne, and the father of a teen whom Raniere was convicted of sexually exploiting, who called Raniere "honest," "brilliant" and "cheerful."

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Raniere was a puppet master who controlled his followers through a variety of methods. He and his closest associates lured women into the group on the premise of helping them expand their professional horizons, taking their money while recruiting select members into a secret sorority called DOS. Those women became "slaves" whose "masters" rigidly controlled their diets, communications, and relationships. Many were branded with a symbol resembling Raniere's initials, in a ceremony allegedly engineered by Raniere to emphasize their total submission to him.

Raniere reportedly forced them into sex, tortured them as punishment for disobedience, and manipulated them into furnishing incriminating "collateral"—naked photos, damning and often fabricated admissions designed to alienate them from their families—which he used to ensure their loyalty. Prosecutors also accused Raniere of grooming underage girls for sexual relationships.

After fleeing the NXIVM compound located near Albany, Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March 2018. Many of his top lieutenants were arrested in July 2019, and this past spring, most pleaded guilty for their roles in an organization that was described at trial as something akin to a pyramid scheme.

Those associates included Smallville actress Allison Mack, Raniere's alleged right hand, who pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy; co-founder Nancy Salzman, who copped to one count of racketeering; the group's financier, Seagram's heir Clare Bronfman, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to concealing and harboring an undocumented immigrant for financial gain, and one count of fraudulent use of identification; and Lauren Salzman, Nancy's daughter, who also entered a guilty plea, admitting to holding a woman in a room for two years.

Lauren Salzman was the only one of that group to testify at trial, and she painted a lurid picture of the cult's inner workings. She told the court that Raniere locked disobedient women in a cage in a basement dungeon, and recalled how the painful brand functioned as an instrument of control.

During the trial, other witnesses testified to undertaking hacking campaigns to spy on Raniere's perceived enemies; to years of coerced sex with Raniere and between members; to obligatory abortions; to beatings; and more. Jurors heard audio of Raniere explaining that the DOS branding ritual should appear "sacrificial," but also consensual. Prosecutors also accused Raniere of hoarding child pornography in his study, each of the photos "a trophy" of "his sexual conquest."

The NXIVM cult and subsequent legal trial has become the subject of several television productions and podcasts and a Lifetime movie. Most prominently, that includes HBO's The Vow (which just finished its nine-part first season with everything leading up to the trial, and will have a second season sometime next year), and Starz's four-part docu-series Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult. Documentary, which centers on the experiences of former member India Oxenberg.