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Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate, arrested

Longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on a six-count indictment charging her with grooming young girls for sex.

The British socialite, 58, was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire around 8:30 a.m., sources told The Post.

The just-unsealed indictment charges stem from Maxwell’s role “in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein” as early as 1994, court papers say.

“The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18,” the indictment says.

She is specifically accused of grooming three underage victims for sex with Epstein in places including his Upper East Side townhouse, Florida, New Mexico and London.

Maxwell is charged with six counts — conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.

Prosecutors also accuse Maxwell — a one-time girlfriend of Epstein’s — of repeatedly lying about her involvement in the financier’s sex trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.

The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is expected to announce the charges at a noon press conference.

Epstein committed suicide in August while locked up in Manhattan on federal sex trafficking charges.

Prosecutors continued investigating his alleged crimes, leaving open the possibility that his associates could be arrested.

Maxwell went into hiding after the convicted pedophile’s death. Sources told The Post she was arrested in a house in the woods that she bought under an LLC in December. She’s worked to keep her whereabouts secret, hopping from place to place within the US, sources added.

Read more here: NEW YORK POST

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