Billionaire Arrested For Sex Trafficking

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Jeffery Epstein, a billionaire in the United States of America and registered sex offender, has been arrested on new sex trafficking charges.

The offences are said to be connected to allegations from the early 2000s, reports say.

Epstein, 66, was arrested in New York, and will appear in court on Monday, law enforcement officials told US media.

It comes amid controversy over a plea deal he once reached to end a federal investigation against him.

According to the BBC, law enforcement officers have not been allowed to discuss the case, but some have spoken to US media outlets on condition of anonymity.

The report said one officer told AP, that the latest charges emanated from allegations that Epstein paid underage girls for massages and molested them at his New York and Florida apartments.

Epstein had been previously accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls.

The wealthy financier, who was once a friend to Prince Andrew, former US President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump, reached a plea deal to avoid federal sex trafficking charges in the case.

Rather, he pleaded guilty in 2008 to reduce the state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution.

The plea bargain averted a possible life sentence, and instead spent 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender.

Judge Kenneth Marra, a judge in Florida, earlier this year, ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law by not informing his victims of the plea deal at the time.

Marra is currently looking into the case whether the non-prosecution agreement that protected Epstein from the more serious charges should still stand.

Following the ruling, the White House said it was also “looking into” Labour Secretary, Alexander Acosta’s role in the plea deal, which he approved in his previous role as a US attorney.

In December, Epstein deprived his alleged victims of the chance to testify against him for the first time, by reaching a last-minute agreement to settle a civil lawsuit.

 

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