WASHINGTON: Jeffrey Epstein, a previously convicted pedophile was arrested Saturday night at his Manhattan mansion. The FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested the NY Billionaire who was returning from a month in France. Epstein, 66, will appear in a New York courtroom Monday morning.
Epstein nefarious sex club has been linked to leading politicians from many countries, celebrities, business executives, and royals. There is speculation about who else might be implicated when Epstein’s indictment is unsealed in New York on Monday.
Not a First Arrest for Epstein
More than a decade ago Epstein was arrested and charged Florida. The charge is molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida. Girls, as young as 14. Not women. Not consensual. Epstein allegedly preyed on young immigrant, Latino girls. Enticing them with promises of money.
Bringing them in to perform “massages” that quickly became sexually aggressive. The girls were as young as 14, which was known to Epstein, according to details of the arrest and indictment shared to media.
In James Pattersons book Filthy Rich, A Powerful Billionaire the writer and his investigative team of John Connolley, a former NYPD officer, and Tim Malloy, detail how the girls would be lured and abused:
“Mary desperately wants to make an impression. This will her first trip to the house. She does not want to look like a child on this outing…. Think of the money, she thinks. For Mary, it’s incredible money. Several weeks’ wages at Mickey D’s….. just for giving some old man a massage.”
Which is just creepy and gross. And it speaks to the most desperate of the poor – the children.
The books continue to detail actual elements from police files and other FOIA documents. And they are disturbing. Epstein, according to all reports, preyed on young girls. Girls not of an age to understand, but easily enticed by the lure of money. And a rich and powerful adult who was quick to tell them what to do, how to do it, and leave little chance for them to walk away.
Many of those minors have brought lawsuits against Epstein. Despite numerous investigations, journalistic exposes and chatter on social media, Epstein has avoided meaningful jail time and federal charges. Until now.
Prosecutors allege that at least 40 underage girls were brought into Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion. They were allegedly recruited from Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. Some girls were brought to a home in New York City, a ranch in New Mexico and Little St. Jeff’s, a private island in the Virgin Islands, court documents show.
New York arrest and charges
The Daily Beast reports that the new indictment will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court. However, they say charges will allege that Epstein exploited dozens of underage girls in the same scheme as Florida. Paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion.
The new indictment—which, according to two of the Daily Beast sources, will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court—will reportedly allege that Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.
The indictment will allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or in Palm Beach. If found guilty, he could face 45 years to life in federal prison.
The Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York is handling the case against Epstein. The district’s human-trafficking officials and the FBI are assisting.
Reports are that employees of the billionaire, as well as other associates, would recruit the girls. Sadly, in a Ponzi scheme of sexual depravity, some victims eventually became recruiters themselves, according to law enforcement.
“It’s been a long time coming—it’s been too long coming,” said attorney David Boies, who represents Epstein accusers Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome. “It is an important step towards getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise.
“We hope that prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein because there were many other people who participated with him and made the sex trafficking possible,” he told The Daily Beast.
Getting away with the unthinkable
The online media site, the Daily Beast has long reported on Epstein’s alleged abuse. Starting with the July 17 expose by Conchita Sarnoff’ detailing Epstein easy jail sentence and soft treatment by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
An earlier version of Epstein’s plea deal included a 10-year federal sentence. However, Epstein’s legal team were demanding to go to trial in a case prosecutors feared was unwinnable. The lawyers had found damaging information, including social media posts indicating drug use, posted by his victims.
Since Epstein has been linked to leading politicians from many countries, celebrities, business executives, and royals either publicly or by rumor, there’s currently intense speculation about who else might be implicated when Epstein’s indictment is unsealed in New York on Monday.
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