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Jury finds Ghislaine Maxwell guilty in sex trafficking case

The 60-year-old Maxwell faced up to 70 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Published: December 29, 2021 4:59pm

Updated: December 29, 2021 5:41pm

Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty Wednesday on five of the six charges related to sex trafficking.

The British socialite faced six charges related to sex trafficking. She was convicted by the 12-person jury on all counts except for the second one.

Maxwell reportedly showed little emotion as the unanimous verdict was read out, concluding the monthlong trial.

Prosecutors argued that from 1994 to 2004 she groomed women, some as young as 14, to be sexually abused by her boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein.

Her defense attacked the credibility of the victims and said she acted as a stand-in for Epstein, who died in jail in 2019 while awaiting federal sex-trafficking charges.

The only count Maxwell was acquitted on is enticing a minor to travel for illegal sexual acts, which applied to "Jane," The Associated Press reports.

The 60-year-old Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison. Count six, sex trafficking of a minor, is the most serious and carries a potential sentence of up to 40 years in prison, The New York Times states.

Her sentencing date has yet to be set.

Her legal battle is still not over. Maxwell still faces trial on two perjury charges.

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