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Jeffrey Epstein standing in front of one of his private planes. Photo: US Department of Justice

Jeffrey Epstein standing in front of one of his private planes. Photo: US Department of Justice

Jeffrey Epstein standing in front of one of his private planes. Photo: US Department of Justice

At Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing, one question loomed large in the courtroom: if she had helped Jeffrey Epstein run a far-reaching pyramid scheme of sexual abuse, as the New York judge was contending, where were the financier’s other alleged enablers?

The name of one assistant to the couple came up repeatedly during the four-week trial. It was on the lips of victims who took the stand, and in black-and-white handwritten flight logs for Epstein’s private jet.

Yet, when Maxwell was last Tuesday sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking, Sarah Kellen was nowhere to be found. Ms Kellen (43) has been described in legal filings as Epstein’s “lieutenant” and “right-hand woman” for allegedly sourcing and booking women and under-age girls for “massages”, where the financier would rape them.

Victims of the couple questioned why Ms Kellen, the New York-based wife of Nascar driver Brian Vickers, and the other “assistants” who facilitated their abuse never faced charges. Larry Visoski, his private pilot, testified that she scheduled flights on Epstein’s jets, flying 350 times between 2001 and 2006.

In court, judge Alison Nathan identified Ms Kellen as “a knowing participant in the criminal conspiracy” and said she was “a criminally responsible participant”.

In reference to Maxwell, she said: “The defendant was Epstein’s number two and the lady of the house. At some point, Kellen took over some of the defendant’s duties.”

Carolyn, a witness who requested only to use her first name, testified that on at least one occasion Ms Kellen took nude photos of her before a sexualised massage with Epstein.

Ms Kellen was one of four women granted immunity from Florida prosecution over Epstein’s abuse through a highly unusual so-called sweetheart deal with the authorities in 2018.

However, Judge Nathan, in the court that brought the indictment against Maxwell, proclaimed other states were not bound by what happened in Florida.

© Telegraph Media Group 2022 Ltd

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