British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who grew up in wealth and privilege, was found guilty by a 12-person US jury on Wednesday of recruiting and grooming teenage girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier and convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. He killed himself in jail in 2019 at the age of 66 while awaiting his own sex crimes trial.
Maxwell was found guilty of five out of sex federal child sex charges:
- sex trafficking of a minor
- transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
- conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
- conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors
- conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
She was found not guilty of one count – enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
The trafficking charge carries a sentence of 40 years, and the 60-year-old could spend the rest of her life behind bars. According to reports, Maxwell showed no visible sign of emotion as the verdict was read out, and sat passively to take a few sips of water.
No date was set for her sentencing.