Trial Of Alleged Jeffrey Epstein Accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell Underway

Ghislaine Maxwell Guilty On Five Of Six Counts, Faces 65 Years In Prison

A jury in a New York federal court has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein‘s sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004.

Maxwell, 60, had pleaded not guilty to six federal charges: sex trafficking of a minor, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three related counts of conspiracy.

Maxwell was acquitted on the one charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

The jury, which was made up of six women and six men deliberated for about 40 hours over a six-day period.

Prosecutors argued Maxwell and Epstein conspired to set up a scheme to lure young girls into sexual relationships with Epstein from 1994 to 2004 in New York, Florida, New Mexico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Four of the women testified during the trial that Epstein abused them and that Maxwell facilitated the abuse and sometimes participated in it as well.

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said, “A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children.  Crimes that she committed with her long-time partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein. The road to justice has been far too long.  But, today, justice has been done.  I want to commend the bravery of the girls – now grown women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom.  Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today’s result, possible. I also want to thank the career prosecutors of the Southern District of New York, who embraced the victims’ quest for justice and have worked tirelessly, day in and day out, to ensure that Maxwell was held accountable for her crimes. This Office will always stand with victims, will always follow the facts wherever they lead, and will always fight to ensure that no one, no matter how powerful and well connected, is above the law.”

Though the mainstream media has not focused as heavily on this case as other high-profile trials in recent months, the proceedings have certainly not been forgotten by the general public. But much to the chagrin of that public, the trial was not filmed.

Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison.

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