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Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women's Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

(CNN) — Ghislaine Maxwell, the one-time girlfriend and alleged accomplice of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, pleaded not guilty at a bail hearing Tuesday on charges that she helped recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse minors as young as 14.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested Thursday by FBI agents in New Hampshire after an indictment was unsealed in Manhattan federal court laying out her role in the yearslong criminal enterprise.

Maxwell made her first appearance in a New York court during a videoconference arraignment. US District Judge Alison Nathan set a trial date of July 12, 2021.

She is charged with enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury, according to the federal indictment unsealed last week.

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