A former CIA officer who pleaded guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting at least 26 women while on an overseas mission now claims he couldn’t have done everything he’s accused of because that he suffers from erectile dysfunction.
Brian Jeffrey Raymond was arrested on October 9, 2020 in La Mesa, California. The ‘advanced sexual predator’, as prosecutors described him, lived with his parents in his childhood hometown after abruptly returning to the United States from his undercover post at the US Embassy in Mexico City . A source familiar with the matter told the Daily Beast that the CIA opened an internal administrative investigation after Raymond’s arrest and he resigned from the agency shortly thereafter.
The vile allegations against Raymond, 45, stemmed from an incident in late May 2020, when a passerby reported seeing a ‘naked, hysterical woman screaming desperately for help’ on the patio of a rented Mexico City apartment by the US government. Investigators then discovered some 500 photos and videos of unconscious women in Raymond’s bed. Prosecutors said he could be seen in multiple shots, holding the women’s eyes open, flailing their limp arms and legs, or sticking his fingers in their mouths to show they were indeed passed out.
Raymond pleaded guilty last July to sexual abuse and transportation of obscene material, and faced between 13 and 27 years in federal prison upon sentencing, which was scheduled for November. He would be required to register as a sex offender for life after his release. But in an April 29 motion to withdraw his guilty pleaRaymond’s lawyers have launched a new argument – among other things – as to why the veteran ghost now wants out of the deal.
The sudden about-face revolves in part around one of more than two dozen victims of Raymond, a Mexican national who worked in a call center. She told investigators she fell seriously ill and passed out in Raymond’s apartment after drinking wine and liquor he poured her. The woman, identified in court records as Adult Victim 7 or ‘AV-7’ and Complainant No. 7, said she woke up the next morning naked in Raymond’s bed with no memory of took off his clothes.
She and Raymond then had consensual sex, the woman told investigators, explaining that she started to feel nauseous again in the middle and went to the bathroom to compose herself. There she saw a used condom on the vanity, from the previous night, but did not remember having sex with Raymond.
Officers later discovered 77 photos and four videos on Raymond’s phone of the woman, unconscious, with Raymond opening her eyelid and pulling her bottom lip, putting her fingers in her mouth and close-ups of her breasts and buttocks. genitals, according to court documents.
When officers showed AV-7, footage of herself said she “was not aware of any photographs or video from that evening, had never had a conversation with Raymond about any photographs or videos, did not consent to them being taken and did not consent to Raymond touching.” her body while she was unconscious,” FBI Special Agent Erin L. Sheridan said in a search warrant affidavit filed December 31, 2020.
But after admitting it all in July 2021, Raymond said Friday it couldn’t have happened as prosecutors say.
According to the petition, Raymond has an enlarged prostate for which he has been taking dutasteride, a drug marketed under the brand name Avodart, “for years.” One of the side effects of dutasteride, the filing points out, is erectile dysfunction. To combat this, the filing says Raymond used Cialis, a prescription drug from the same family as Viagra and Levitra.
“As a person with erectile dysfunction, Mr. Raymond experiences a prolonged refractory period (the time between ejaculation and when he can get an erection again), usually at least 12 hours,” the motion reads. . “Therefore, he claims he could not have had sex with Complainant #7 to the point of ejaculating overnight (as evidenced by a used condom in the bathroom), and then also had consensual sex with Complainant #7 in the morning, which he clearly did, as he and she remember what happened.
Investigators found only one used condom in the apartment during a subsequent search, Raymond’s attorneys said. Raymond also argues that his first group of defense attorneys gave him bad advice and that the way investigators gained access to crucial evidence on his phone — in fact, the basis of nearly all government evidence in case – violated his constitutional rights. .
Among the evidence presented by prosecutors in a filing in April was “what appears to be [a] list of women with whom [Raymond] had sex in an email he sent to himself titled “Mortgage and Interest Expenses”. The email appears to contain only a partial list, starting with #61 in 2016 and ending with #143 in 2020, with the last entry occurring shortly before his arrest. The list contains the names and nationalities of the women, if they had fake breasts, and a month/year.
AV-7 was on that list, according to prosecutors. Still, until the criminal allegations surfaced, she thought Raymond was “attractive, amazing” and said she “liked him,” the woman told investigators, according to an interview note included in a separate court filing. She said she felt safe knowing he worked for the US government and lived in a government apartment.
After AV-7 fell ill and vomited into Raymond’s sink, he “showed care and concern for her, bringing her water and telling her it was normal that ‘she is vomiting,’ the filing reads. “Because the defendant was so nice to her, she assumed he had done nothing wrong. She blamed herself for possibly ruining her chances of having a relationship with him.
Once investigators informed AV-7 of the charges against Raymond and showed her the photos and videos he had taken of her, she “expressed that [Raymond] destroyed his life,” the record continues. “She feels like ‘trash’ and doesn’t feel safe. She has trouble sleeping and has nightmares. She was so distracted after learning this [Raymond] had done to her that she was fired from her job.
In June 2020, shortly after Raymond returned to the United States, he was questioned by two federal agents in a government vehicle parked outside a Jimmy John sub-store in Herndon, Virginia. the the conversation is included in hundreds of pages of exhibits filed in court last week.
“I’m single,” Raymond told officers, who interviewed him about AV-7. “I go out with girls. It’s never happened to me before, and I’m a very cold person. I’m not aggressive… We had a good drink that night, but I never felt like she wasn’t sane or something.
Raymond also told officers he hadn’t taken any prescription medication, contradicting his filing from Friday, saying he was taking two medications to combat an enlarged prostate and associated dysfunction.
“For many victims, their total lack of memory continues to cause them great distress – they will never know exactly what the accused did to them,” prosecutors said in an April 14 court filing. “They are struggling to cope. Some of them have lost their jobs. Many of them have nightmares, sometimes involving either the accused or their own lifeless bodies. Many continue to struggle with the anxiety. Some have lost relationships, as they have been rendered unable to trust or have intimacy with another person. The actions of the defendant have had a significant impact on their lives.
Raymond is still being held in a Washington, DC prison. The government has until May 20 to file a response to Raymond’s motion to amend his plea. His lawyers, Anthony Joseph Jay III and John Marston, declined to comment on The Daily Beast.