Billionaire financier and alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has seemingly been able to use his money and influence to slither out of the reach of any real punishment for his alleged crimes. But these new charges seem serious enough to stick. The Daily Beast reports that he was arrested yesterday and will be charged with the sex trafficking of minors in a New York court tomorrow.
Epstein (above in a mug shot form 2013), who has palled around with the Clintons and the Trumps (he’s a bipartisan sort of alleged pedophile), was arrested by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force for trafficking underage girls between New York and Florida. He’ll be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors and could be facing up to 45 years in prison. He’s a billionaire, though. He could just buy whatever prison he’s sent to and turn it into a luxury resort-type setting for his incarceration.
Here’s what the cops and Feds are saying he did. Again.
The new indictment—which, according to two sources, will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court—will reportedly allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach.
This ain’t Epstein’s first time at the Bryan Singer rodeo. He’s been the subject of lawsuits brought by his alleged victims, investigations by local and federal authorities, and exposes in the press for about a decade now. But he’s always seemed to avoid any significant jail time and has never been charged by the Feds until now.
He is, however, a registered sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in Florida. Unfortunately, it was a state not a federal crime and he only “served 13 months in a private wing of a county jail, mostly on work release.” That sounds rough.
Epstein cut a deal with federal prosecutors in Florida back then to avoid being federally charged for being a diddler, which could have sent him to prison for life. And get this, one of those prosecutors is Trump’s current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.
A judge recently ruled that the plea agreement was unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled that the decision to keep more than 30 of Epstein’s accusers in the dark about the non-prosecution deal that allowed Epstein, a prominent financier with political connections, to avoid federal prosecution was unconstitutional.
The impending indictment reportedly claims that some of Epstein’s associates and employees aided him in procuring girls as young as 14, some of whom Epstein allegedly turned into procurers for him themselves.
30 accusers. This guy is ALLEGEDLY a real piece of shit. He’ll probably ooze out from under this, though. He’s got friends in high places.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” – Donald Trump, 2002 https://t.co/3pbKrcFdn6
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) July 7, 2019
Pic: Florida Department of Law Enforcement