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NEW YORK (AP) — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is set to spend at least 30 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls over a 10-year period by her former boyfriend, financier Jeffrey Epstein, officials said Wednesday the prosecutors in written arguments.

Prosecutors said she should serve between 30 and 55 years in prison, under federal sentencing guidelines. They made their recommendations to the judge who will preside over a sentencing hearing in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of sex trafficking and other crimes after a month-long trial that included testimony from four women who said they were abused as teenagers.

Defense lawyers said last week in a sentencing brief that she is not expected to spend more than five years in prison.

But prosecutors said Maxwell played an “instrumental role in the horrific sexual abuse of several young teenage girls” between 1994 and 2004 at some of Epstein’s lavish residences. They called his crimes “monstrous.”

“As part of a disturbing deal with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, cared for and abused multiple victims, as she enjoyed a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege. In her wake, Maxwell left her victims scarred permanently through emotional and psychological harm,” prosecutors wrote.

“This damage can never be undone, but it can be factored into crafting a just sentence for Maxwell’s crimes,” they added.

Prosecutors also urged the judge to reject Maxwell’s clemency requests on the grounds that she suffered extraordinarily in jail while awaiting trial and after. Defense lawyers said she faced death threats and harsh conditions that caused her to lose hair and weight.

“Defendant enjoyed remarkable privileges as a high-level inmate that far exceed the benefits afforded to the average inmate,” prosecutors said. “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 upon sentencing, let alone the extraordinary degree leniency sought by the accused.”

They also cited what they described as Maxwell’s “complete failure to address his offensive conduct and complete lack of remorse.” Instead of showing even a hint of acceptance of responsibility, the defendant desperately tries to lay blame wherever she can.

Maxwell’s efforts to disparage the government’s motives to prosecute her and her claim that she is held responsible for Epstein’s crimes are “absurd and offensive”, prosecutors said.

“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 to vulnerable victims,” they said.

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press


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