Ghislaine Maxwell Ordered Into Custody of US Marshals, Case Transferred to New York Court

© AP Photo / Chris IsonFILE - In this Sept. 2, 2000 file photo, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, driven by Britain's Prince Andrew leaves the wedding of a former girlfriend of the prince, Aurelia Cecil, at the Parish Church of St Michael in Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury, England. The FBI said Thursday July 2, 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell, who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in New Hampshire.
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2000 file photo, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, driven by Britain's Prince Andrew leaves the wedding of a former girlfriend of the prince, Aurelia Cecil, at the Parish Church of St Michael in Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury, England. The FBI said Thursday July 2, 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell, who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in New Hampshire. - Sputnik International
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The case of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred to a US federal court following her Thursday arrest, and she was placed in the custody of US Marshals Service federal police officers.

Maxwell's criminal case was ordered transferred to the Southern District of New York on Thursday by a federal judge in New Hampshire, where she had been arrested earlier in the day. The 58-year-old's indictment was filed in that district.

Accused of having crafted a network to lure underage girls to American financier Epstein, who then sexually abused them, the British socialite faces 35 years in prison if convicted on all charges. She has been charged with four counts related to procuring and transporting minors for illegal sex acts and two of perjury.

“Maxwell was among Epstein’s closest associates and helped him exploit girls who were as young as 14 years old,” acting Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said on Thursday, according to Reuters. “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.”

She was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday by FBI agents, where she had been hiding out since December. 

Epstein, 66, was arrested last summer, but died in an apparent suicide while in police custody on August 10, 2019.
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