Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is accused of operating a sex trafficking ring and paying young girls to engage in sex acts with him.
In an indictment that was unsealed today, prosecutors outline charges that carry a 45-year maximum sentence if Epstein is convicted.
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Prosecutors are calling for other victims or anyone with information about Jeffrey Epstein to come forward.
“If you believe you are a victim of this man, Jeffrey Epstein, or you have evidence or information relating to the conduct alleged in the indictment unsealed today, we want to hear from you,” Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said.
Epstein is charged with operating a sex-trafficking ring and paying young girls to engage in sex acts. Berman said his office is proud to bring the indictment and stand up for victims.
Authorities Seeking New Mexico Victims
Federal prosecutors are asking New Mexico victims of billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein to come forward.
Epstein owns a ranch near Stanley in Southern Santa Fe County. Court documents show Epstein used his vacation homes to bring in at least 40 young girls for what turned into sexual encounters. Federal prosecutors entered into a deal a decade ago that allowed Epstein to avoid significant jail time.
However, a judge recently ruled the deal violated some of the victim’s rights.
Now, prosecutors want to meet with New Mexico victims before they decide how to proceed.
US Attorney: New York prosecutors “not bound” by Epstein’s deal in Florida
US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said his office is “not bound” by the plea deal Epstein struck years ago with federal prosecutors in Florida who were investigating him for similar crimes.
“Jeffrey Epstein entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the Southern District of Florida,” Berman said. “That agreement only binds, by its terms, only binds the Southern District of Florida. The Southern District of New York is not bound by that agreement and is not a signatory to that agreement.”
In that 2007 agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida, and served a 13-month sentence, which was partly completed through work release.
The indictment against Epstein in New York comes months after a federal judge ruled the agreement in Florida violated federal law.
Prosecutors ask Epstein be detained until trial
Prosecutors are asking that Jeffrey Epstein be detained until trial, Geoffrey Berman, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a news conference.
Berman said Epstein is being held at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was arrested on Saturday at the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. His private plane had just landed from Paris, France.
Federal prosecutors want to seize NYC home where Epstein allegedly had sex with victims
Federal prosecutors want to seize Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, according to the indictment that was unsealed Monday.
The indictment states that Epstein “shall forfeit” any property that was “used to commit or facilitate” crimes laid out in the indictment. The court documents specifically reference Epstein’s Upper East Side home in the forfeiture allegations.