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in federal prosecutors Ghislain Maxwell test A British socialite convicted of helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls should be sentenced to at least 30 to 55 years in prison, according to federal sentencing guidelines, it said on Wednesday.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted of sex trafficking for framing four girls in a New York court last December abused by epstein between 1994 and 2004.
“His practice of targeting vulnerable victims reflects his view that struggling young girls can be treated like disposable items,” prosecutors said in their recommendation.
Maxwell’s lawyers have called for a prison sentence of more than five years and three months, saying the socialite is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes. Financier kills himself while in custody in New York in 2019 Trial for sex offences.
Prosecutors argued that Maxwell “played a key role in the horrific sexual abuse of several young teenage girls.”
Prosecutors wrote, “As part of a troubling settlement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, framed and abused numerous victims while they enjoyed a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege.” “In his wake, Maxwell left his victims permanently suffering from emotional and psychological injuries. That damage can never be undone, but can be accounted for in formulating appropriate punishment for Maxwell’s crimes.” “
In considering Maxwell’s complaints that she suffered from poor conditions in prison, prosecutors said she “enjoyed remarkable privileges as a high-profile prisoner that far outweigh the benefits offered to the average prisoner.”
He continued, “It is not surprising that a woman who lived a life of incredible luxury, complain about your life as a prisonerBut this fact does not come close to qualifying for leniency in sentencing, much less the extraordinary degree of leniency sought by the defendant.”
Prosecutors further stated that Maxwell had taken no responsibility for his crimes and had a “complete lack of remorse”.
He said, “Maxwell was an adult who made his own choices. He chose to sexually abuse many underage girls. He spent years conspiring with Epstein, acting as a partner in crime, and devastating vulnerable victims. chose to harm.”
Prosecutors said four women testified in their trial that she was central to helping Epstein abuse them when they were teenagers, and that two other women also not named in the indictment were victims during the trial. were found.
Maxwell will be sentenced next Tuesday.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.