Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday, according to a law enforcement official.
She was arrested in New Hampshire on criminal charges linked to Mr. Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking operation, the official said.
The arrest came nearly a year after Mr. Epstein was charged in a federal indictment with sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls at his mansion in Manhattan, his estate in Palm Beach, Fla. and other locations between at least 2002 and 2005.
The indictment said he paid the girls — at least one as young as 14 — to give him massages while they were nude or topless, in encounters that typically included sex acts.
Mr. Epstein hanged himself in August in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, where he was jailed pending trial on the federal sex-trafficking charges.
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