Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman pleads guilty in sex cult case

Nxivm co-founder and president Nancy Salzman broke down in tears Wednesday as she admitted to hacking into emails of the group’s perceived enemies and destroying evidence that could be used against the upstate New York accused sex cult in court.

Salzman, 64, pleaded guilty to a single charge of racketeering conspiracy, the same count with which she’d been charged in a superseding indictment.

She sobbed as she apologized for drawing her daughter, Lauren — who was charged alongside her mother — into the group, which prosecutors have described as a pyramid organization.

“I want you to know I am pleading guilty because I am, in fact, guilty,” she said Wednesday, her voice breaking. “I accept that some of the things I did were not just wrong, but sometimes criminal.”

“I justified them by saying that what we were doing was for the greater good,” she told Brooklyn federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

“I still believe that some of what we did was good.”

Salzman, also known as “Prefect,” co-founded the self-proclaimed self help group with Keith Raniere in the 1990s.

Raniere, alongside “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, Seagram heir Claire Bronfman and Salzman’s daughter Lauren, are facing sex trafficking and other charges for allegedly coercing women into having sex with Raniere.

Salzman’s plea is the first of the six defendants, who were variously charged in a bombshell indictment last year with sex trafficking, kidnapping, money laundering and other crimes.

Her lawyer Robert Soloway told The Post Tuesday that his client would not be cooperating against her fellow Nxians as part of her plea.

In her tearful statement, Salzman said she’d obtained passwords and usernames to monitor suspected moles within the organization and see if they were revealing the group’s secrets.

She also confessed to “having others destroy video tapes” memorializing Raniere’s teachings.

Her Wednesday appearance was a rare occurrence. The former psychiatric nurse lives in Albany, and has been battling undisclosed health problems.

Her daughter Lauren was not in court.

Prosecutors allege there was a secret sex-slave ring inside Nxivm, called DOS, in which women were starved, branded and encouraged to have sex with Raniere.

Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman and Nxivm accountant Kathy Russell are charged with money laundering and racketeering, and have requested they be tried separately from Mack, Raniere and Lauren Salzman, who are facing sex trafficking charges.

Lauren Salzman, who claims to have had a minor role in DOS, is also seeking a separate trial in order to distance herself from the troubling allegations surrounding the secret group.

Garaufis has yet to rule on their request.

Opening statements are currently scheduled for April 29.

Salzman will remain out on bond until sentencing, which is currently scheduled for July 10.

She faces up to 20 years behind bars under the plea but prosecutors have requested Salzman serve between 33 and 41 months — around 3 years.

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