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Federal prosecutors in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial said on Wednesday the British socialite, found guilty of helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls, should be sentenced to at least 30 to 55 years in prison, under federal sentencing guidelines .
Maxwell, 60, was convicted of sex trafficking last December in a New York courtroom for grooming four girls to be abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefiting Wall Street Rising at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City.
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“His practice of targeting vulnerable victims reflects his view that troubled young girls could be treated like disposable objects,” prosecutors said in their recommendation, calling his actions “monstrous” and “surprisingly predators”.
Maxwell’s lawyers have sought no more than five years and three months in prison, claiming the socialite is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes. The financier killed himself while in New York City police custody in 2019 awaiting trial on sex crimes charges.
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Prosecutors argued that Maxwell played an “instrumental role in the horrific sexual abuse of several young teenage girls”.
“As part of a disturbing deal with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, cared for and abused multiple victims, while enjoying a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege,” prosecutors wrote. “In his wake, Maxwell left his victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological wounds. This damage can never be undone, but it can be factored into crafting a just sentence for Maxwell’s crimes. .”
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In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell enters the courtroom escorted by U.S. Marshals at the start of her trial, Nov. 29, 2021, in New York City.
Reflecting on Maxwell’s complaints that she suffered from poor prison conditions, prosecutors said she “enjoyd remarkable privileges as a high-level inmate that far outweighed the benefits accorded to the average inmate.”
They added: “It is not surprising that a woman who has led a life of incredible luxury should complain about her life as a prisoner, but this fact does not come close to deserving leniency in sentencing, let alone minus the extraordinary degree of leniency sought by the accused.”
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In this courtroom sketch, a witness testifying under the pseudonym ‘Carolyn’, breaks down in the witness box to testify about his experiences with Jeffery Epstein, during the proceedings of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sexual abuse trial, in New York on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
(AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
Prosecutors further said Maxwell took no responsibility for his crimes and had “a complete lack of remorse.”
“Maxwell was an adult who made her own choices. She made the choice to sexually exploit many underage girls. She made the choice to conspire with Epstein for years, working as partners in crime and causing devastating damage. vulnerable victims,” they said.
Four women testified at his trial that she played a pivotal role in helping Epstein abuse them when they were teenagers and two other women not initially named in the indictment were also found to be victims during the trial. , prosecutors said.
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Maxwell will be sentenced next Tuesday.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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