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Billionaire Financier Jeffrey Epstein Due in Court After Sex Trafficking Indictment
Billionaire financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday, July 6th in New Jersey on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s. According to law enforcement officials, Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York.
Epstein’s arrest comes amid renewed scrutiny of a once-secret plea deal that ended a federal investigation against him. Although indicted in 2007, the disgraced money manager was detained in a county jail for just 13 months, thanks to a deal signed by Alexander Acosta, former US attorney for Miami and current secretary of labor.
Epstein was charged on July 6th with sex trafficking in connection with allegations that he recruited young girls for abuse at his homes in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida. If convicted, he could face 45 years in prison.
Epstein maintains his innocence and claims that any encounters he had with his accusers were consensual and that he believed they were 18 at the time. However, federal prosecutors say that “evidence is growing stronger by the day” after several more women have come forward to say they were abused by Epstein when they were underage. Prosecutors are also reviewing dozens of electronic files uncovered during a raid on Epstein’s residence on the day of his arrest, revealing even more incriminating photos than the hundreds of pictures reported prior to this recent indictment.