Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell lured children to Epstein’s abuse
Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss has alleged the girlfriend of disgraced financier Jeffery Epstein helped him exploit children as young as 14.
Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire, overnight, charged with four criminal counts related to procuring and transporting minors for illegal sex acts and two of perjury, according to the indictment by federal prosecutors in New York.
rd, New Hampshire, where she had been laying low since December, the FBI says.
“Maxwell was among Epstein’s closest associates and helped him exploit girls who were as young as 14 years old,” Strauss said.
“Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse. In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself.”
Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges of trafficking minors between 2002 and 2005 when he was found hanged in an apparent suicide while in a New York City jail in August. He was 66.
Previously, he pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of solicitation of prostitution from a minor in a 2008 deal with prosecutors that was widely criticized as too lenient.