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New details have emerged from the FBI raid that led to the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of grooming the girls on behalf of her former partner, convicted pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The 58-year-old British heiress will appear this week in a New York court to face four charges of assisting Epstein in trafficking and sexual exploitation and child abuse, and two charges of perjury, which could lead to her imprisonment for 35 years. . years.
Ms. Maxwell is being held in New Hampshire, where more than 20 armed FBI agents and police raided her 156-acre secluded hideout, called Tucked Away, on Thursday morning.
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Spy planes reportedly monitored the property for four hours before the 8:20 am raid to make sure the late and controversial media magnate’s daughter and MP Robert Maxwell were unable to flee.
Armed law enforcement officers reportedly broke down the building’s front door to find the former socialite “strangely” passive and dull when handcuffed, ending the “high-risk cat-and-mouse game” that spread the following year. to Epstein’s death. in a Manhattan cell and cost the FBI “millions of dollars,” according to an agent.
“They had it, then they lost it,” the agent told the Mail on Sunday. “It was in Colorado and Wyoming, then they lost it until it appeared in New Hampshire. It was a high-risk cat and mouse game.
“They had to build a case and put it in front of a grand jury. These things take time. It sneaked around the net once, but as soon as the grand jury returned with an indictment 10 days ago, it started.
Local police were only informed of the raid on Wednesday, while FBI agents had been meeting in the area since Monday, the newspaper reported.
Speaking of the raid itself, the agent said, “We drove down the half-mile road at high speed in a convoy of 15 vehicles. And let’s say we don’t knock politely on the door. It was crushed.
Maxwell was up and dressed, in the living room, in sweatpants and a blouse. Oddly, she didn’t seem to have much of a reaction. It was as if he wasn’t registering with her. “
Early in their relationship, Mrs. Maxwell was Epstein’s girlfriend, but later she became his close friend and confidante, allegedly helping Epstein prepare and procure girls for the wealthy elite.
The indictment against Mrs. Maxwell, upheld by a grand jury in Manhattan, stated that she “aided, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of young girls, among other things, by helping Epstein recruit, prepare, and ultimately abuse victims Maxwell and Epstein know that they are under the age of 18.
He said that some of the victims were as young as 14 years old, and the abuse started from “at least in or around” 1994 to about 1997, adding: “In some cases, Ms. Maxwell was present and participated in the sexual abuse. of minor victims. ” . “
Ms. Maxwell has denied all of the charges against her and it is understood that she plans to argue that she has immunity under an earlier agreement Epstein made with Florida prosecutors.