World · June 23, 2022

Ghislaine Maxwell faces up to 55 years in prison

This article contains references to sexual assault, child abuse and suicide.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to be sentenced to between 30 and 55 years of imprisonment after she was sentenced for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December by a federal jury on five counts, including sex trafficking, of recruiting and fondling four girls between 1994 and 2004 for sexual encounters with globetrotting financier Epstein, who was then his. lad.
In a sentencing memorandum filed with the federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors called Maxwell’s conduct “surprisingly predatory.”
“She was a calculating, sophisticated and dangerous criminal who preyed on vulnerable girls and prepared them for sexual abuse,” they wrote.

“His practice of targeting vulnerable victims reflects his view that girls in need could be treated like disposable items.”

Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking. Credit: New York Daily News Archive / New York Daily News via Getty Images

Maxwell’s attorneys argued last week that he deserved less than the 20-year sentence recommended by probation officers and no more than five and a quarter years in prison based on their revision of federal sentencing guidelines.

They argued that Maxwell had been turned into a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes and had already spent a lot of time behind bars.
Epstein committed suicide in 2019 at the age of 66 in a Manhattan prison cell pending trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s trial was widely regarded as a showdown that Epstein never had.

The US probation office had recommended a 20-year sentence for Maxwell.


But prosecutors said they did not take into account the cases of two other women who turned out to be victims at the trial, despite not being named in Maxwell’s initial indictment, and said 30 years should be the minimum.
In April, Nathan rejected Maxwell’s acquittal offer, but overturned the guilty verdicts on two counts because they overlapped.
This reduced Maxwell’s maximum possible sentence to 55 years from 65 years.
Her case was one of the highest-profile cases in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to talk about sexual abuse, often at the hands of the rich and powerful.
In often emotional and explicit testimonies, four women testified that Maxwell was a central figure in Epstein’s years of abuse.
District Judge Alison Nathan, who presided over Maxwell’s four-week trial before he was promoted, will handle the sentence on June 28.
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