Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with sex trafficking underage girls in NY and Florida, Fox News has learned. Epstein was arrested on Saturday for allegedly sex trafficking minors in NY and Florida.
The Miami Herald reports that Epstein is expected to be arraigned in federal court in NY on Monday on charges that he molested dozens of underage girls. A message was sent to his attorney seeking comment.
A witness reportedly saw Federal Bureau of Investigation agents knock down 66-year-old Epstein's Manhattan townhouse door at roughly 5:30 p.m. local time on Saturday evening.
As a result of his conviction in 2008, Epstein is required to register as a sex offender.
This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, in Florida, shows Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein faces charges brought by U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan, after previously evading similar charges when he secured a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in Miami.More news: Drake 'mounting recruiting campaign' to keep Kawhi Leonard in Toronto
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Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain's Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody and is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
In the earlier case, Epstein received an unusually light sentence on lesser charges of soliciting prostitution ― just 13 months in county jail ― after police found evidence that suggested he had regularly molested dozens of underage girls in his Palm Beach, Florida, mansion and asked his victims to recruit even more girls.
Epstein was arrested on Saturday evening, multiple United States media reported, citing law enforcement sources.
The deal was also a non-prosecution agreement, essentially shutting down an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who may have been involved, according to the Miami Herald.
Epstein's controversial sentencing entered the spotlight again this year after a federal judge ruled that prosecutors working under Acosta broke the law by keeping that plea agreement secret from more than 30 of Epstein's alleged victims.