Fact check: Ghislaine Maxwell scheduled to be sentenced in late June after sex trafficking conviction

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The claim: Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 10 years in prison

The prosecution of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking continues to create an array of social media claims.

A May 9 Facebook post claims Maxwell received a 10-year prison sentence for her crimes.

"Ghislaine Maxwell got 10 years and NOT one client has been arrested," reads the post, which accumulated close to 400 interactions and 300 shares in less than a week.

But Maxwell is set to be sentenced in June, according to news reports.

Maxwell faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison after she was found guilty of federal charges related to sex trafficking.

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USA TODAY could not reach the Facebook user who shared the claim for comment.

Judge set to sentence in June

Maxwell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, the court docket shows.

In December 2021, Maxwell was found guilty by a jury in a New York federal court of luring underage girls to be sexually abused by the late Jefferey Epstein from 1994 to 2004.

Maxwell sought to have her conviction overturned, and in April U.S. Circuit Court Judge Alison Nathan partially granted that request. Nathan upheld three of the counts but dismissed two others on the basis that they were duplicative of another charge that was upheld.

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Maxwell now faces up to 55 years in federal prison since Nathan will sentence her on fewer counts. She had previously faced a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.

While many of the high-profile people mentioned in testimony during the trial had ties to Epstein, none of them have been accused of any misconduct related to the ongoing case, according to CNN.

Our rating: False

We rate the claim that Maxwell was sentenced to 10 years in prison FALSE, based on our research. Maxwell has been convicted, but she won't be sentenced until June 28. She faces up to 55 years in prison.

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