A federal jury in New York City reached a verdict in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial late Wednesday, finding her guilty of sex trafficking and conspiring to entice minors. Maxwell faced six felony counts related to her activities in procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse and was convicted of five of those counts.
From Law and Crime:
Maxwell stood trial for six federal offenses for conduct spanning from 1994 to 2004, roughly breaking down into alleged violations of the Mann Act and a distinct federal anti-sex trafficking statute. She was convicted of five of them, adding up to the possibility of several decades imprisonment for Maxwell, who turned 60 years old on Christmas Day.
The last count alone, the substantive sex trafficking count, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment, effectively a life sentence for a woman who turned 60 years old on Christmas Day.
The other five charges carry a maximum 30 years imprisonment.
Four of Epstein’s victims testified in the trial, detailing how Maxwell targeted and groomed them, and in at least one case Maxwell actually transported the underage girl across state lines specifically so Epstein could molest her. One victim testified that Maxwell touched her breasts, hips, and buttocks before proclaiming that she “had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends.”
Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued a statement after the verdict was announced:
“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.”
Jack Posobiec of “Human Events” reported that “all details of Epstein’s network have been ordered sealed.
Who will speak up for Epstein’s remaining victims now, and who will fight to reveal the names of those who joined him in abusing children? If the Southern District can find a way to get sealed documents from the Project Veritas case and illegally seized attorney/client communications to the New York Times, surely they’d be able to find a way to get details of Epstein’s network out to a hungry media. Unfortunately for those who want this story to go away forever, there are people and institutions outside of their jurisdiction who have the information.