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Jeffrey Epstein Arrested in NYC on Sex Trafficking-Related Charges: Sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
By Coralie Carlson
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Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy, politically connected Florida financier, was arrested in New York on Saturday evening on sex-trafficking related charges, sources tell NBC 4 New York.
Epstein is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, two law enforcement officials said on a condition of anonymity.
Spokesmen for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney Southern District of New York declined to comment.
A 2008 deal ended a federal investigation that could have landed Epstein, now 66, in prison for life. Instead, he was allowed to plead guilty to lesser state charges that resulted in a 13-month jail sentence and required financial settlements to dozens of his victims. He also had to register as a sex offender.
The agreement was overseen by former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who is now President Donald Trump's labor secretary. In the face of intense criticism, Acosta has defended the plea deal as appropriate under the circumstances.
Court documents show at least 40 underage girls were brought into Epstein's Palm Beach mansion for what turned into sexual encounters. Authorities say he had female fixers who would look for suitable girls, some local and others recruited from Eastern Europe and other parts of the world.
Epstein has maintained a home in New York City, a ranch in New Mexico and a private Caribbean island. Some of the girls were brought to those places as well, court documents show.
Epstein is a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain's Prince Andrew, and Trump, who was his neighbor in Palm Beach at the time.