Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein arrested on sex trafficking charges

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein arrested on sex trafficking charges

The Miami Herald report includes serious accusations against one of Epstein's attorneys, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz; Phil Keating reports from Miami.

Financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in NY for alleged years of sex trafficking underage girls. Under the deal, Epstein agreed to plea guilty to only one minor charge of soliciting prostitution in exchange for dropping other charges included in a 53-page indictment that, however, has never been revealed.

Epstein faces charges brought by United States prosecutors in Manhattan, after previously evading similar charges when he secured a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in Miami. Some of the girls were allegedly transported to his homes in New York City, New Mexico, and a private Caribbean island, according to court documents. As part of the plea deal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation ended its probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part. Authorities have said that numerous underage girls were runaways and foster children and that Epstein asked some to recruit others.

The plea deal was signed by Alexander Acosta, then Miami's head federal prosecutor and now labor secretary in the Trump administration.

The deal was also a non-prosecution agreement, essentially shutting down an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who may have been involved, according to the Miami Herald. He is in custody in NY and a bail hearing is set for Monday.

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Commenting on his Saturday arrest, David Boies, an attorney for two of Epstein accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome, told the Daily Beast: "It's been a long time coming - it's been too long coming".

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

The 2nd Circuit said records in the defamation case contained descriptions of sexual abuse by Epstein along with new allegations of sexual abuse by "numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister and other world leaders".

The appeals court also added an unusual warning to the public and the media "to exercise restraint" regarding potentially defamatory allegations.

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