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Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty on five of six charges in sex trafficking trial

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Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty on five of six charges in sex trafficking trial

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on Wednesday by a New York federal court jury of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The verdict capped a month-long trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, told by four women who described being abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein’s palatial homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty on five of six counts.

Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three counts of conspiracy. She was acquitted on a charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

With the maximum prison terms for each charge ranging from five to 40 years in prison, Maxwell faces the likelihood of years behind bars — an outcome long sought by women who spent years fighting in civil courts to hold her accountable for her role in recruiting and grooming Epstein’s teenage victims and sometimes joining in the sexual abuse.

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