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Former U.S. Government Employee Pleads Guilty to Sexual Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 47, a former U.S. Government employee, pleaded guilty today to drugging and sexually abusing numerous women in multiple countries, including photographing and video recording dozens of nude and partially nude women without their consent while they were unconscious and incapable of consenting.   

            The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri, of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Director Carlos F. Matus, of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), and FBI Special Agent in Charge Wayne A. Jacobs, of the Washington Field Office’s Criminal and Cyber Division.

            According to court documents, Raymond, of La Mesa, California, was most recently employed by the U.S. government at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. Raymond admitted to drugging and sexually assaulting several women in his embassy-leased housing and elsewhere between 2006 and 2020. Additionally, Raymond admitted other offenses that occurred over this 14-year period and involved a total of 28 women he photographed or video recorded nude or partially nude. Many of the recordings show Raymond touching the women’s bodies while they were unconscious and incapable of consent. Raymond attempted to delete the explicit photographs and videos depicting the victims after learning about the criminal investigation. 

            Raymond will be sentenced on Sept. 19, 2024. Under the plea agreement, Raymond will face between 24 and 30 years in prison, supervised release for life, and mandatory restitution to the victims of his criminal offenses. A federal district court judge will determine the final sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

            This case is being investigated by the DSS Office of Special Investigations and the FBI Washington Field Office. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and National Security Division provided valuable assistance, along with the FBI’s Legal Attache office in Mexico City.    

            The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Mayer-Dempsey, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and Trial Attorneys Angela Buckner and Katharine Wagner, of the Justice Department’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.

            The Department of Justice gratefully acknowledges the Government of Mexico, to include the Fiscalía General de la República and the Fiscalía General de Justicia de la Ciudad de México, for their extraordinary efforts, support and cooperation during the investigation.

Updated November 7, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-681