Jeffrey Epstein: Billionaire formally charged with sex trafficking

Jeffrey Epstein: Billionaire formally charged with sex trafficking

"Epstein typically would also masturbate during these sexualized encounters, ask victims to touch him while he masturbated, and touch victims' genitals with his hands or with sex toys", it reads.

Epstein has always been notorious for surrounding himself with young girls - so much so that the media nicknamed his private plane "The Lolita Express".

Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in NY on sex trafficking charges.

When Epstein flew from NY to Florida, an employee or associate would "ensure that minor victims were available for encounters upon his arrival", the indictment alleges. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. That could result in a prison sentence as long as 45 years.

The United States attorney's office in Manhattan, which brought the charges against Mr. Epstein, declined to comment on Saturday night. Epstein entered his plea in federal court in Manhattan, where he appeared Monday afternoon in a blue jail uniform.

Prosecutors could run into challenges if the new charges overlap with the conduct that was covered by Epstein's guilty plea, though a person familiar with the case said officials were not particularly concerned about that. "We are proud to be standing up for them by bringing this indictment".

Saturday's arrest also came just days after a federal appeals court in NY ordered the unsealing of almost 2,000 pages of records in a since-settled defamation case involving Epstein.

This is not the first time Epstein has faced legal consequences for alleged sexual encounters with underage girls.

It wasn't clear whether the cases involved the same victims, as almost all have remained anonymous. In the early 2000s, Epstein hung out with a who's who of business men and politicians including Les Wexner (founder of Victoria's Secret parent company, The Limited), Kevin Spacey, Prince Andrew, a group of Nobel Prize winning scientists, and Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

None of those people were mentioned in the indictment.

The unit's role could indicate that a major or minor public official ultimately may get charged in the case, the DailyBeast reported. An indictment detailing allegations leading to the arrest are expected to be unsealed Monday as well, according to press reports. "Terrific guy", Donald Trump told NY magazine for a profile on Epstein in 2002. "He's a lot of fun to be with".

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"No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life".

In the new charges, Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and NY, one of the law enforcement officials said.

Epstein's guilty plea involved only state crimes, while the current case involves federal law. Authorities said new accusers have come forward since Epstein's arrest. Berman said he was not bound by it.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said there's nearly no chance Epstein will be allowed to go home after the hearing.

The accused "also paid certain of his victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused", the document alleges.

Epstein, according to the indictment, recruited the girls to perform "massages", which would become "increasingly sexual in nature".

But the Justice Department filed court papers last month that contend Epstein's plea deal can not be legally challenged because he has complied with its terms.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in the Southern District of Florida is now deciding whether that nonprosecution agreement should still stand.

Even so, the US Department of Justice said in a court filing last month there was no reason to cancel the agreement.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse released a statement Saturday calling for Epstein to be held without bail pending trial.

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