Nancy Salzman pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in the NXIVM case on Wednesday.
Salzman is said to be the co-founder of NXIVM and Leader Keith Raniere’s right-hand woman.
In federal court, Salzman said it took her time and soul searching to get to this point and believes NXIVM were helping people but said she compromised her principles.
At one point, Salzman got choked up while reading her statement saying, “I am deeply sorry for the trouble I have brought to my daughter.”
Prosecutors have accused Smallville Actress Allison Mack of helping Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within NXIVM. Prosecutors have said that some of the women were branded with a symbol resembling Raniere’s initials and were expected to have sex with “masters.”
NXIVM’s “inner circle”, consisting of Raniere, Mack, Clare Bronfman, Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman, and Nancy Salzman, are facing federal charges of conspiracy, identity theft, money laundering, sex trafficking, extortion and more. In total, the group is facing dozens of charges.
There was no agreement with the government for the plea. Salzman says she wants to start atoning.
Salzman faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. The guidelines suggest 33 to 41 months.
The trial for leader Keith Raniere and other high-ranking members is scheduled for April.
Salzman will be sentenced in July.