Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell guilty in 5 of 6 cases in sex trafficking case

Maxwell could spend decades in prison for his role as a trafficker of underage girls.

A jury has convicted Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime employee of serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, for five out of six offenses related to the abuse and trafficking of underage girls.

Maxwell faced a six-point indictment for allegedly conspiring with and aiding Epstein in his sexual abuse of underage girls between 1994 and 2004.

She showed no visible emotion when the jury’s verdict was read in the courtroom in New York. Following the verdict, her family members left the courtroom without comment.

The verdict was handed down on the sixth day by the jury after about 40 hours of deliberation.

“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and engaging in child sexual abuse,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement after the verdict. “I would like to commend the bravery of the girls – now adult women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and the outcome of the day, possible.”

“This office will always stand with the victims, will always follow the facts wherever they go, and will always fight to ensure that no one, no matter how powerful and well connected, is above the law,” Williams added.

Epstein, once a millionaire hedge fund manager, died of suicide in prison in 2019.

“I am so relieved and grateful that the jury acknowledged the pattern of predatory behavior that Maxwell was involved in for years and found her guilty of these crimes,” said Annie Farmer, one of four prosecutors testifying against Maxwell. “I hope this verdict brings comfort to all who need it … even those with great power and privileges will be held accountable when they sexually abuse and exploit young people.”

“The jury’s judgment confirms the courage and commitment of our clients, who for many years stood up against all odds to bring Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to court,” said attorney David Boies, who represented Farmer. But, Boies said, “they did not act and could not have acted alone. The extent and extent and duration of their sex trafficking crimes depended on many wealthy and powerful collaborators and conspirators. Nor are they above the law. They must also be brought to justice. . “

Former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who filed the original indictment against Epstein in 2019, told ABC News in his first public comment on the Maxwell case: “I congratulate the prosecution for providing justice for the victims.”

Maxwell has been detained without bail since her arrest in July 2020. She now risks decades in prison.

A verdict date has not yet been set.

This is a development story. Please come back for updates.

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