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The bureau collected copious evidence, and in 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to the solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution.However, because of a deal made with former US attorney (and current US secretary of labor) Alexander Acosta, Epstein did not receive a long sentence.“He told me he wanted them as young as I could find them,’’ Courtney Wild, who says she recruited 70 or 80 girls for Epstein, told Brown. It was never enough.’’ Should the new charges Epstein faces lead to a conviction and a full prison sentence, they would mark the first time the financier has faced serious legal consequences for his dozens of alleged crimes.While his deal in Miami did lead to Epstein being registered as a sex offender in New York and in his home in the Virgin Islands, he was not required to register as such in New Mexico, where he has a ranch.
The indictment further alleges that Epstein knew his victims were underage.
The Miami Herald has described his 13-month sentence as “one of the most lenient sentences for a serial sex offender in US history.” And Epstein’s accusers have claimed that his considerable financial resources and access to private planes have made it so the sentence and being a registered sex offender have had little effect on his daily life and activities.
As Coaston and North have explained, his story illustrates how, even in the #Me Too era, when many powerful men have faced public and legal reckonings for sexual abuse, “those with enough money and connections …
Jeffrey Epstein — billionaire, friend of the powerful, and convicted sex offender — was arrested Saturday night in New Jersey on charges that he trafficked dozens of underage girls in Florida and New York between 20.
Epstein, 66, a hedge fund executive whose friends include President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, had just flown into New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport from Paris when agents from the joint FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested him, according to the Daily Beast, which broke the news of the arrests.