Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison

Ghislaine Maxwell
FILE - Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, during a news conference in New York, on July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.

The sentencing Tuesday was the culmination of a prosecution that detailed how Epstein and Maxwell flaunted their riches and associations with prominent people to groom vulnerable girls and then exploit them.

Those crimes occurred even as the couple hobnobbed with some of the world’s most famous and wealthy people.

Epstein killed himself in jail while awaiting trial. Maxwell denied being Epstein’s accomplice.

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