The FBI arrested Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time friend Ghislaine Maxwell in New Hampshire on Thursday on federal charges of conspiring with him to sexually abuse children as young as 14, and for lying about her alleged conduct as his procurer.
The arrest of the wealthy British socialite following a six-count criminal indictment issued Monday in Manhattan federal court comes just days before the first anniversary of the now-dead Epstein’s arrest on child sex trafficking charges.
A federal magistrate judge during a hearing Thursday afternoon ordered that Maxwell be sent to Manhattan in the custody of U.S. marshal to face the charges, to have another judge deterimine whether to grant her bail.
Prosecutors are asking the 58-year-old Maxwell be held without bail, and also said they are continuing to investigate the case.
Maxwell is “an extreme flight risk,” who faces the prospect of serving “many years in prison,” prosecutors saidf in a court filing.