Jeffrey Epstein Pleads Not Guilty to Molesting Dozens of Girls

Jeffrey Epstein Pleads Not Guilty to Molesting Dozens of Girls

The 14-page indictment, unsealed Monday, also said he sometimes paid victims to recruit other victims, and the reported incidents occurred between 2002 and 2005. According to police, employees of Epstein along with associates would allegedly recruit girls for the billionaire, with some of Epstein's victims eventually becoming recruiters after some time.

The 66-year-old is expected to plead not guilty to the charges.

The documents alleging Epstein conducted sex trafficking were published online on July 8, two days after Epstein was reportedly arrested. At a press conference Monday, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said federal prosecutors will seek to hold Epstein without bail. "The indictment alleged that the crimes occurred in both NY and Palm Beach, Florida".

Prosecutors said: "There can be little doubt that the defendant is in a position to abandon millions of dollars in cash and property securing any potential bond and still live comfortably for the rest of his life". "In this this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit in locations including NY and Palm Beach".

Epstein, a millionaire who made his fortune in investment banking, has been a registered sex offender since 2008.

A multimillionaire with political connections that run deep and reach back several decades was charged Monday in NY with sex trafficking charges involving minors, according to an unsealed indictment. The arrangement is now being investigated by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which is seeking to determine whether the attorneys involved committed "professional misconduct" in bringing about its close. The indictment alleges that some victims were as young as 14 when Epstein sexually abused and recruited them in both NY and Florida. He skirted most of his 13-month sentence with the help of a work-release program that allowed Mr Epstein to leave the jail facilities nearly every day. A federal judge ruled earlier this year that Epstein's victims should have been consulted under the law about the deal, and he is now weighing whether to invalidate the agreement.

Epstein, whose friends have included President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz, was arrested Saturday at an airport near New York City after his private jet touched down from France.

Epstein's Saturday arrest comes more than a decade after US Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, who was then US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, made a then-secret plea deal with Epstein that let him get off with a light sentence and has since come under huge criticism.

Mr Berman appealed to anyone who may have been a victim or have information to come forward.

Trump, asked in February to respond, said: "I really don't know too much about it, " then defended Acosta's current work.

Women who said they were Mr. Epstein's victims have repeatedly assailed federal prosecutors for agreeing to a nonprosecution deal with him more than a decade ago.

He struck a deal and pleaded guilty to a lesser Florida state felony prostitution charge.

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