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US Embassy ‘rapist’ claims he’s not guilty due to erectile dysfunction

An ex-CIA agent who admitted to drugging and raping at least 26 women while working in Mexico has claimed he is innocent because he has erectile dysfunction.

Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, who was working at the US Embassy, was arrested October 9, 2020, in La Mesa, California on charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

The FBI started investigating Raymond after Mexican police responded to a call in May 2020 from a passerby who reported seeing a ‘naked, hysterical woman desperately screaming for help’ on the terrace of a Mexico City apartment leased by the US government.

Investigators found more than 500 photos and videos on Raymond’s iCloud account in which he appears to be filming unconscious women, many of whom he met on dating apps, according to court documents.

Some of the photos allegedly showed Raymond nude and aroused as he held victims’ eyes open, played with their limbs and put fingers in their mouths to show they were unconscious.

Raymond left his job in June and moved back in with his parents in California, where he was arrested. In July 2021, the former agent pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and transporting obscene material. He faced between 13 and 27 years behind bars at sentencing, which was scheduled for November. 

But in an April 29 motion seeking to withdraw his guilty plea, Raymond’s lawyers offered reasons for wanting to drop the plea, including his ‘enlarged prostrate’ and the medicine he was taking for it which caused erectile dysfunction.

Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, pictured, a former CIA agent, admitted to drugging and raping at least 26 women, but now claims he’s not guilty because he suffers from erectile dysfunction

In an April 29 motion seeking to withdraw his guilty plea, Raymond's lawyers said he couldn't have done the heinous crimes he's accused of because he suffers from erectile dysfunction

In an April 29 motion seeking to withdraw his guilty plea, Raymond’s lawyers said he couldn’t have done the heinous crimes he’s accused of because he suffers from erectile dysfunction

Raymond’s lawyers say their client has an enlarged prostate and has been taking dutasteride, a drug marketed under the brand name Avodart, ‘for years,’ according to the motion, and one of the side effects of dutasteride is erectile dysfunction.  

‘As a person with ED, Mr. Raymond experiences a prolonged refractory period (the time between ejaculation and when he can again achieve an erection), generally at least 12 hours,’ the motion says. 

‘Therefore, he asserts that he could not have had sex with Complainant #7 to the point of ejaculation during the night (as allegedly evidenced by a used condom in the bathroom), and then also had consensual sex with Complainant #7 in the morning, which he clearly did, because both he and she remember that occurring.’

One of the victims, a Mexican national who worked at a call center and identified in court records as Adult Victim 7 or ‘AV-7,’ and Complainant #7, told investigators she became violently ill and blacked out at Raymond’s apartment after drinking some wine and liquor he had poured for her.

She said she woke up the next morning, naked in Raymond’s bed, without any memory of having taken her clothes off.

The woman said she and Raymond then had consensual sex, explaining that she again began to feel nauseated in the middle of it and went to the bathroom to compose herself. There, she saw a used condom on the vanity, from the night before, but said she still didn’t remember having sex with Raymond.

In the April filing, lawyers say that investigators only found one used condom in the apartment during their search. 

Later, agents discovered 77 photos and four videos on Raymond’s phone of the woman, unconscious, with Raymond opening her eyelid and pulling down her lower lip, putting his fingers in her mouth, and closeups of her breasts and genitals, court filings state.

The woman said she ‘was unaware of the existence of any photographs and videos and did not consent to them being taken,’ the affidavit states, ‘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 Dec. 31, 2020.

In the April filing, Raymond is also arguing in the filing that his constitutional rights were violated because of the way investigators gained access to crucial evidence on his phone.

A profile of a woman Raymond met on a dating site

Text messages found on Raymond's phone with one of victims about alcohol

Material found on two phones seized by investigators were messages with one of victim about alcohol (right) and a profile of a woman he met on a dating site (left)

In an April court filing, prosecutors revealed ‘what appears to be [a] list of women with whom [Raymond] had sex in an email he sent to himself labeled ‘Mortgage and Interest Expenses.’ 

The email started with #61 in 2016 and ends with #143 in 2020, and contains the names and nationalities of the women, whether they had fake breasts, and a month/year.’

According to a memo in in the court documents, victim AV-7, who was on that list, had previously told investigators that was ‘attractive, incredible,’ and said she ‘liked him,’ and that she ‘felt secure knowing he worked for the U.S. government.’

She also told investigators that when she got sick at Raymond’s apartment, he ‘showed care and concern for her, bringing her water and telling her it was okay that she threw up,’ the filing stated. ‘Because the defendant was being so kind to her, she assumed he had done nothing wrong. She blamed herself for possibly ruining her chances at a relationship with him.’

But once investigators told the victim about the accusations and showed her the photos and videos taken of her, AV-7 ‘expressed that [Raymond] destroyed her life,’ the filing stated. ‘She feels like ‘garbage’ and does not feel safe. She has trouble sleeping and experiences nightmares. She was so distracted after learning what [Raymond] had done to her that she was fired from her job.’

When asked about AV-7, Raymond told investigators: ‘I’m a single guy. ‘I date girls. This has never happened to me before, and I’m a very chill individual. I’m not aggressive… We did have things to drink that night, but I never got the impression that she was not of sound mind or anything like that.’

Raymond at the time had also told investigators that he did not take prescription meds, which contradicts his filing from last week claiming that he was taking drugs to combat his erectile dysfunction.

‘For many of the victims, their complete lack of memory continues to cause them great distress—they will never know exactly what the defendant 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 experience nightmares, sometimes featuring either the defendant or their own lifeless bodies. Many continue to struggle with anxiety. Some have lost relationships, as they have been rendered unable to trust or experience intimacy with another person. The defendant’s actions have significantly impacted their lives.’

Raymond, pictured, who left his job in June, is accused of filming many of his alleged victims while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors

Some of the images allegedly showed Raymond, pictured, nude and aroused as he held victims' eyes open, played with their limbs and put fingers in their mouths to show they were unconscious

Raymond, pictured, who left his job in June 2020, is accused of filming many of his alleged victims while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors. Some of the images allegedly showed Raymond nude and aroused as he held victims’ eyes open, played with their limbs and put fingers in their mouths to show they were unconscious

Raymond has worked for the U.S. government for 23 years in numerous countries, according to court documents. Prosecutors did not specify what position he held in Mexico other than to say he was working for a U.S. government agency at the embassy.

Roberto Velasco, director general of North America in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Raymond was the first secretary of the United States, a mid-level diplomatic post.

Mexican authorities collaborated with U.S. officials on the investigation that led to Raymond’s arrest ‘in order to bring to justice a potential series of sexual abuses that occurred in both countries,’ Velasco said in a statement.

Raymond's apartment was in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood. It is one of the richest areas of Mexico City, a main hub for finance and high-end commerce

Raymond’s apartment was in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood. It is one of the richest areas of Mexico City, a main hub for finance and high-end commerce

The Mexican government emphasized ‘its categorical rejection of any form of gender violence,’ Velasco said.

Raymond left his job in mid-June 2020 after he was questioned about the May 31 incident and his cellphones and lap top were seized, according to court documents.

Mexican police reported finding a ‘naked, hysterical woman desperately screaming for help from the defendant´s balcony,’ according to prosecutors. Raymond had been living there since August 2018.

The victim told investigators she had no idea that Raymond was filming her or that he had pulled down her bra, exposing her breasts.

The other victims were discovered after investigators found hundreds of photos and videos, according to court documents.

If convicted, Raymond could face a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Fluent in Spanish and Mandarin, Raymond has ‘led an exemplary life’ from all outward appearances, according to prosecutors.

‘The fact that many victims in defendant´s case were unaware of his behavior until they were shown the videos and photographs made while they were unconscious is evidence of his unique ability to portray a very different public face,’ prosecutors said in their court filings.

He continued to meet with women until September of 2021 in San Diego, according to court documents.

Raymond, a former staffer at the US Embassy in Mexico City (pictured), has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least 26 women after authorities discovered photos and videos of the alleged victims unconscious in his bed

Raymond, a former staffer at the US Embassy in Mexico City (pictured), has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least 26 women after authorities discovered photos and videos of the alleged victims unconscious in his bed

In one series of images, a man believed to be Raymond was seen pawing at a woman’s breast and pulling down her shorts while she was unconscious, court documents state.

Raymond allegedly texted the woman the next morning, writing: ‘[H]opefully you aren’t too hung over today.’

‘Hey!’ she wrote back. ‘Yesterday was rough. I had a massive hangover… lol. I had fun too! We have to do it again.’

The pair went on another date, during which the women remembered blacking out after a few drinks and then woke up fully clothed in her bed next to Raymond.

Prosecutors said the woman was unaware that she had been sexually assaulted by Raymond until after investigators showed her the images found on his devices.

Investigators also found incriminating evidence in Raymond’s browsing history. Prosecutors referenced several of his alleged searches in court documents, including ‘passed out black girl,’ ‘deep sleep,’ ‘Ambien and alcohol and pass out,’ ‘dissolve,’ and ‘passed out and carried.’

Despite being under investigation, Raymond continued to use dating apps to meet women from July up until his arrest in October, prosecutors said.

Raymond remains in custody at a Washington, D.C. jail. The government has until May 20 to file a response to Raymond’s motion to change his plea.

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