A jury on Dec. 29 convicted Ghislaine Maxwell on five of six counts related to her role in late, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse and trafficking of minors.
A New York City jury found Maxwell guilty of conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in sex acts, conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, and sex trafficking of minors.
The twelve jurors did not find Maxwell guilty of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
The charges stemmed from the allegations of four women who said that they were teenagers when Epstein and Maxwell sexually abused them from 1994 to 2004.
Maxwell, who had pleaded not guilty to all charges, faces up to 65 years in prison.
“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable —facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” United States Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement after the verdict.
“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,” Williams further said.
The jury made up of six women and six men began deliberating on Dec. 20.
The trial began in late November.
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