Ex-Marlborough College student Ghislaine Maxwell guilty
Former Marlborough College student Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty of recruiting and trafficking young girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The 60-year-old, who attended the prestigious school in the late 70s, was convicted on five of the six charges she faced – including the most serious charge, that of sex trafficking a minor. The verdict was delivered after five full days of deliberation by a 12-person jury in New York.
It means the British socialite who went to university to do her A-levels, studying languages and modern history as a sixth form, could spend the rest of her life behind bars. Maxwell’s sentencing date has yet to be set.
The verdict follows a month-long trial that included testimony from four women who described being abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell showed no visible signs of emotion as the verdict was read yesterday, only pouring herself a glass of water which she drank twice.
Shortly after the verdict, his legal team said they were already working on an appeal. “We strongly believe in Ghislaine’s innocence,” her lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, told reporters.
Marlborough was the fourth school Maxwell attended. Her early years of schooling were at Oxford High School for Girls in North Oxford. At the age of nine she went to Edgarley Hall boarding school in Somerset, but was back in Oxford at 13 to attend Headington Girls’ School, where she was ‘very athletic at tennis, hockey and athleticism”.
Ms Maxwell continued her enthusiasm for the sport at £40,000-a-year Marlborough College, where she reportedly played midfield football for a girls’ team known as The Grannies.