Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Jeffrey Epstein: US financier 'charged with sex trafficking'

Jeffrey Epstein: US financier 'charged with sex trafficking'

The Daily Beast was the first to report the news, which reports an indictment against Epstein will be unsealed in Manhattan federal court Monday.

If Epstein had been found guilty of helping run such an operation, he would have likely spent the rest of his life in prison.

Epstein's sex trafficking crimes allegedly took place between 2002 and 2005.

In November, the Miami Herald reported that when Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was a U.S. attorney in Florida, he gave Epstein the "deal of a lifetime".

Marra wrote that the prosecutors, including US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, concealed information from victims of Epstein.

According to court records, in a 2007 interview with the F.B.I., one girl shared that at age 15 she began visiting Mr. Epstein and gave him massages - both in her underwear and then nude - for $200 each.

In 2008, Epstein made a plea deal with Florida prosecutors, pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from a single underage girl and sentenced to 18 months in prison following a years-long FBI investigation.

In 2002, Trump told NY magazine Epstein "enjoys his social life". The Herald reported he was allowed work release privileges, which let him leave jail six days a week for 12 hours a day to work in an office he had set up.

As a result of his conviction in 2008, Epstein is required to register as a sex offender.

A lawyer for Epstein did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Attorney Stan Pottinger, of Edwards Pottinger LLC, said that his law partner, Brad Edwards, who represents several alleged victims of Epstein, learned of the arrest this weekend when one of Edwards' clients called to say that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had informed her of the developments.

In February of this year, a US district judge in Florida ruled that prosecutors violated the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act by not letting more than 30 identified victims know of the deal so they would have a chance to oppose it.

The wealthy hedge fund manager, who was friends with the likes of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and a who's who of the rich and powerful, is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court, according to reports.

Some of the girls were runaways or foster children; Mr. Epstein would ask some girls to recruit others to bring to his properties.

Brad Edwards, a lawyer who represents some of Epstein's accusers, said, "I got many calls between last night and today from multiple victims crying tears of joy".

Acosta also denied any wrongdoing. There have also been conspiracy theories involving Epstein and individuals such as these and allegations about child abuse rings and other scandals that have the ring of being unsubstantiated conspiracy theories not unlike the so-called "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory that has been prominent among far-right wing groups for years now. Spokespeople for the NYPD, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, and NYPD declined comment to NBC News.

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