Federal prosecutors are expected to unseal the charges Monday accusing Epstein, 66, of running a sex-trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls - some as young as 14 - to his Upper East Side home, according to three law enforcement officials.
"The alleged behaviour shocks the conscience", he said. That could result in a prison sentence as long as 45 years. His office asked Judge Henry Pitman to keep Epstein in custody until trial.
That will end Monday, two law enforcement officials said.
The latest charges don't mean the investigation is over either: the FBI searched his Manhattan townhouse on Saturday, which could uncover more evidence, and additional accusers might also come forward. He was arrested in NY on 6 July after flying back from Paris on his private jet. "And authorities suspect that he molested hundreds of girls over a five- or six-year period in Palm Beach alone and possibly operated an global sex-trafficking organization around the world". The wealthy financier - who counted among his friends President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton - pleaded guilty in 2008 to state charges in Florida of soliciting prostitution in a controversial arrangement that allowed him to resolve far more serious federal allegations of molesting young girls.
WEALTHY US financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in NY over fresh claims of sex trafficking. He served 13 months in county jail and registered as a sex offender. Instead Acosta, who at that time was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, negotiated a plea deal with Epstein that his critics claim covered up both the scope of his crimes and the number of people involved. Prosecutors alleged Epstein was trying to ensure he had a "steady stream of minor victims".
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Epstein's lawyer, Jack Goldberger, said before the indictment was made public that his client will plead not guilty, Reuters News Agency reported. After the sex acts took place, Epstein or an associate paid the girls and encouraged them to recruit other girls-paying the recruiters hundreds of dollars for each new girl they brought to Epstein.
The indictment alleges that Epstein would begin his illegal sexual encounters with a "massage" before he would "escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victim".
"He has never been secretive about the girls", Wolff said. "It is even said that he likes attractive women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side".
Prosecutors seek forfeiture of the mansion, which has been valued at $77 million.
The new charges, described in a 14-page indictment brought by the US attorney's office in Manhattan, could lead to a much harsher penalty. "Those who have been victimized by child sexual predators are frequently haunted by memories of these crimes well into adulthood, often for the rest of their lives".
Maxwell and Dershowitz denied the allegations.