Robert Maxwell’s daughter-in-law charged with child sex offences

on 13 March 2015

The National Crime Agency, as part of its investigation into a child sex abuse ring, receives an anonymous letter alleging child abuse carried out by Robert Maxwell. Maxwell was once the UK’s wealthiest and most powerful person. In November 1982 he sold his media empire to Robert Maxwell, the now-deceased Irish tycoon who later went bankrupt and died penniless in South Africa. As a result of the investigation, Maxwell, his stepdaughter Ghislaine Maxwell and 24 other suspects are arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to incite indecent assault on children. Five of them are released without charge. The age of the alleged victims and the information on which the investigation was based is not revealed. The NCA’s Operation Ore (Investigations into alleged Attempted Child Abuse) led to Maxwell being held in custody for a week and questioned before being released.

on 9 April 2015

The prosecution of Ghislaine Maxwell under Operation Ore is dropped, on the grounds that there is insufficient evidence. The files on the investigation are destroyed.

on 17 April 2015

Ghislaine Maxwell changes her name from Ghislaine Maxwell to Ghislaine Astor.

on 19 April 2015

A day after her name is changed to Ghislaine Astor, the Maxwell family pleads for the missing files to be returned.

on 21 April 2015

In a statement to police, Maxwell pleads not guilty to conspiracy to incite indecent assault.

on 28 April 2015

Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to conspiring to murder Robert Maxwell, and conspiring to kidnap Ghislaine Astor.

on 28 April 2015

Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to conspiring to rape the sister of Robert Maxwell’s second wife.

in January 2016

Ghislaine Maxwell appears in the dock of City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a jewellery box at 5.05pm to confirm her address and address for the purpose of the hearing, as well as her name, date of birth, nationality and place of birth. She is arrested at the City of Westminster Court on the application of Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and currently in custody.

on 28 January 2016

Ghislaine Maxwell appears in the same court for a hearing before District Judge Alan Blake, where she is remanded into custody.

on 28 January 2016

Ghislaine Maxwell is presented at Southwark Crown Court charged with ten counts of conspiracy to incite indecent assault.

on 4 April 2016

Ghislaine Maxwell is found guilty of nine of the ten charges and is sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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