Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected millionaire who spent just more than a year in jail to resolve allegations that he molested dozens of young girls, has been taken into custody in NY on new charges having to do with sex crimes involving minors, a person familiar with the matter said.
Rumors had been circulating for months that Epstein was under investigation on sex charges in the Southern District of NY.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Epstein has always been accused of sexual abuse.
According to court documents, Epstein had bought more than 30 underage girls to his Palm Beach mansion for sexual acts between 1999 and 2006.
In 2007, Epstein faced a 53-page federal indictment which could have sent him to prison for life, but with the help of now-U.S.
His arrest, first reported by the Daily Beast, comes almost two weeks after the Justice Department announced that it would not throw out his 2008 non-prosecution agreement, even though a federal judge ruled it was illegal. He is in custody in NY and a bail hearing is set for Monday.
"While the government spent untold hours negotiating the terms and implications of the non-prosecution agreement with Epstein's attorneys, scant information was shared with victims".
The report said Acosta had brokered a deal with one of Epstein's attorneys, where he pleaded in 2008 to two state prostitution charges, ultimately serving only 13 months and avoiding a federal trial.
As a result of his conviction in 2008, Epstein is required to register as a sex offender.
Speculation has been rife that Epstein not only abused the girls himself, but also "loaned" them out to his equally influential and affluent friends, including Prince Andrew and Alan Derschowitz, who both have denied any involvement, as well as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump himself.
He added: "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".
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