Alleged Jeffrey Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been moved to a jail in New York, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she faces charges of facilitating a sex-trafficking ring.

Reuters July 07, 2020 00:11:19 IST
Alleged Jeffrey Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York jail

Alleged Jeffrey Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been moved to a jail in New York, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she faces charges of facilitating a sex-trafficking ring.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested on Thursday in New Hampshire and had been held over the weekend at the Merrimack County Jail, a medium-security facility 20 miles (32 km) from the luxurious home where investigators said she had been lying low.

The defendant is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the prison bureau said on Monday.

Conditions there sparked public outcry last year after an electrical fire cut power and heat to roughly 1,600 prisoners during one of the coldest weeks of 2019.

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell, the daughter of the late British media magnate Robert Maxwell, of luring and grooming underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them. In some cases, Maxwell herself participated in the abuse, according to an indictment unsealed last week.

Maxwell is expected to make her first appearance in federal court in Manhattan this week on four criminal counts related to procuring and transporting minors for illegal sex acts and two counts of perjury. https://reut.rs/3dYAVPP

Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges of trafficking minors between 2002 and 2005 when he was found hanged at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in August. Medical examiners concluded his death was a suicide.

Maxwell was an Epstein ex-girlfriend who became a longtime member of his inner circle. In a 2003 Vanity Fair article, Epstein was quoted as saying Maxwell was his best friend.

The indictment says Maxwell lured girls beginning in 1994 through 1997 by asking them about their lives, schools and families and taking them shopping or to movies.

After Maxwell won the girls' trust, the indictment alleges, she would try to "normalize sexual abuse" by discussing sexual topics or by undressing in front of them or being present when they were undressed.

Epstein's alleged abuse included touching their genitals, placing sex toys on their genitals and having the girls touch Epstein while he masturbated.

Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

(Reporting by New York Newsroom and Mark Hosenball in Washington; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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