New York, New York: Yesterday, after days deliberating, the jury returned unanimous verdicts convicting Ghislaine Maxwell on five of the six federal counts she was charged with.
Her convictions were for sex trafficking a minor, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three counts of conspiracy.
Maxwell faces a potential sentence of up to 65 years in prison.
Survivors of the abuse perpetrated by Epstein and Maxwell spoke out, celebrating the verdict.
Sarah Ransome spoke with CBS News saying, "I never thought this day would ever happen. For me it's really important to thank the prosecutors and to thank the four incredibly brave, beautiful women that testified because without them, without their truth, we would never have gotten Ghislaine behind bars. We would never have had this verdict. So yes, this is justice. But this is just the beginning."
Virginia Guiffre took to Twitter.
I hope that today is not the end but rather another step in justice being served. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.— Virginia Giuffre (@VRSVirginia) December 29, 2021
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams issued a statement on the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood website saying:
"A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable- facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children, Crimes that she committed with her long-time partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein. The road to justice has been far too long. But, today, justice has been done. I want to commend the bravery of the girls- now grown women- who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today's result, possible. I also want to thank the career prosecutors of the Souther District of New York, who embraced the victims' quest for justice and have worked tirelessly, day in and day out, to ensure that Maxwell was held accountable for her crimes. This Office will always stand with victims, will always follow the facts wherever they lead, and will always fight to ensure that no one, no matter how powerful and well connected, is above the law."