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Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein arrested in new underage sex case
By Larry Celona and Alex Taylor
July 6, 2019 | 11:35pm | Updated



Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York in a massive new underage sex trafficking case, according to law enforcement sources.

The hedge funder — who twelve years ago wriggled out of similar charges of abusing young girls — must appear in federal court in Manhattan on Monday on charges of trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Florida, where he has homes, the sources said Saturday night.

He was busted in Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, the Miami Herald reported.

About a dozen federal agents meanwhile broke down the door of Epstein’s $50 million mansion on East 71st Street on the Upper East Side at around 6:30 p.m. to execute search warrants, witnesses said.

“Me and my partner heard a big bang,” a doorman who works on the block told The Post of hearing the door come down.

“They broke the door down — FBI, cops,” some 20 law enforcement agents in total, he said. “They just went in with bags.”

The doorman, who asked not to be identified by name, said that even now, Epstein entertained a continuous parade of “girls” who came and went at all hours.

“Tall,” he said. “They looked like models … I’m not sure [of their ages] because of all that makeup.”

Bizarrely, Woody Allen, who’d been a father figure to teenaged Soon-Yi Previn before marrying her, lives nearby and is a pal of Epstein’s, the doorman said.

Allen was among the crowd of people ogling the fed’s raid, he said.

“Bill Cosby used to live here, too,” the doorman said. “Next to Woody Allen. We get all of them.”

He added, of Epstein, “I got a daughter who is turning fourteen. I’d put a bullet in his head.”

The indictment will be unsealed Monday; it includes additional victims and witnesses who spoke to the Feds in New York over the past several months.

“Oh my God. Finally, finally, finally! Justice!” one of Epstein’s previous victims, Michelle Licata, told The Herald. Licata had been molested by Epstein when she was 16 years old, the Herald said.

The new arrest was first reported by the Daily Beast.

Epstein had been hit with a mere wrist-slap twelve years ago, after more than 30 underage girls came forward with accounts of being lured by money and threats to his mansions in Palm Beach, Manhattan and his Caribbean Island retreat.

There, they allegedly performed sex acts on the wealthy financier and his powerful friends ranging from erotic massages to statutory rape.

The charges then carried a potential ten years to life in prison.

In 2008, Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to state charges of soliciting only a single minor under the age of 18.

He was sentenced to 18 months in a Florida state jail and the federal investigation was ended.

He served just 13 months of the sentence before returning to the Upper East Side to celebrate his release with his close pal, Britain’s Prince Andrew.

“I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an offender — it’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel,” Epstein had cracked to a Post reporter after serving the time.

The plea deal was struck by Miami’s then-top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, who is now secretary of labor.

The victims were not notified and the matter was kept under seal, the Herald reported in a bombshell November 2018 expose on the plea deal.

It was one of the most lenient sentences ever given to a serial sex offender in the US, the Herald reported.

FBI investigators had alleged in that probe that between 1999 and 2006, he abused nearly three dozen girls, most of them ages 13 to 16, and most at his Palm Beach mansion.

He also used adult recruiters to help him schedule time with as many as three or four girls a day, the feds alleged.
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Nude photos of underage girls found at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan home: feds
By Ruth Brown
July 8, 2019 | 12:52pm | Updated July 8, 2019 | 1:22pm


Jeffrey Epstein (left) and federal agents carrying seized items from his Manhattan home. AFP/Getty Images; Robert Mecea


The feds found naked photos of young girls while searching Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan home, prosecutors alleged Monday.

At a press conference, Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said investigators “seized evidence including nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls” while scouring the convicted pedophile’s mansion over the weekend.

Agents busted into the 66-year-old’s $50 million Upper East Side townhouse Saturday as Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges at a New Jersey airport.

In a memo, Berman alleged they found “perhaps thousands” of photos of nude and half-nude females there — including images of “at least one girl who, according to her counsel, was underage at the time the relevant photographs were taken.”

In an indictment unsealed Monday, prosecutors said they want to seize the seven-story, 21,000-square-foot East 71st Street property.

Epstein is accused of cultivating “a vast network” of underage girls as young as 14 whom he “sexually exploited and abused” in New York and Florida in the 2000s.


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FBI urges Jeffrey Epstein victims to call hotline
By Ruth Brown
July 8, 2019 | 12:18pm | Updated July 8, 2019 | 1:31pm



Do you recognize this pedophile?

After arresting Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges, the feds on Monday urged other alleged victims to get in contact with an FBI hotline to share their experiences.

At a press conference, Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman pointed to a large photo of Epstein next to the number 1-800-CALL-FBI, while an FBI official implored people to get in touch.

“Today I’m asking everyone to take a good look at this man. If you have been victimized in any way or if you are somebody who has any additional information about his alleged illegal behavior, we want to hear from you,” said William Sweeney Jr., the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

“Whatever age you are now, whatever age you were then, no matter where or when the incident or incidents took place. The number to call is 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

Sweeney then explained exactly what prompts to follow when calling that number.

“Your bravery might just empower others to speak out about crimes committed against them,” he continued. “We know that reliving these events can be brutal, we’re here to work side by side with you as you go through this process.”

Epstein is expected to be arraigned later Monday on sex trafficking charges for allegedly creating “a vast network of underage victims” for him to exploit in the early 2000s.
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Feds say they have ‘devastating evidence’ against Jeffrey Epstein
By Bruce Golding
July 8, 2019 | 1:44pm

The feds have “devastating evidence” against Jeffrey Epstein that includes notes and messages seized from his Manhattan townhouse that corroborate the claims of women who claim he sexually abused them there when they were underage, according to court papers filed Monday.

The raid on the convicted pedophile’s Upper East Side home also turned up hundreds – if not thousands – of photos of “nude and partially nude young women or girls,” including one whose lawyer says she was underage at the time.

“The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant; rather he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges,” Manhattan federal prosecutors wrote.

In support of that contention, the feds noted his remarks to The Post in 2011, when Epstein tried to downplay his notorious reputation by claiming, “I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender.'”

“It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel,” he insisted.


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The court papers were filed in a bid to deny Epstein bail on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, and provide examples of his “vast wealth,” including the $77 million townhouse and a $12 million estate in Palm Beach, Florida, as well as his primary residence, which is a private island in the US Virgin Islands.

“His sex registration documentation of ‘current vehicles’ lists no fewer than 15 motor vehicles, including seven Chevrolet Suburbans, a cargo van, a Range Rover, a Mercedes-Benz sedan, a Cadillac Escalade and a Hummer II,” prosecutors said.

The 66-year-old financier — who is not married and has no kids or other immediate family — also has access to two private jets and has been recorded by US Customs and Border Patrol flying to or from a foreign country more than 20 times since Jan. 1, 2018, according to court papers.

Prosecutors said: “There can be little doubt that the defendant is in a position to abandon millions of dollars in cash and property securing any potential bond and still live comfortably for the rest of his life.”

The court papers also cite “credible allegations” that Epstein has a history of “witness tampering, harassment or other obstructive behaviors” that included paying private investigators who tailed the father of an accuser in Florida and forced his vehicle “off the road.”
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Jeffrey Epstein busted for trafficking underage girls to NY: source
By Larry Celona and Bruce Golding
July 7, 2019 | 7:43pm | Updated

Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is facing sex-trafficking charges involving several underage girls he allegedly brought to New York from out of state — and who weren’t part of his previous prosecution, The Post has learned.

The new allegations also involve crimes that Epstein allegedly committed after those that led to his controversial, 2008 plea bargain in Palm Beach, Fla., according to a law-enforcement source familiar with the case.

The distinctions mean federal prosecutors won’t face any problems with double jeopardy when the multimillionaire, 66, gets hauled into Manhattan federal court on Monday, the source said.

The wealthy hedge-funder had been out of the US for more than a month before his arrest Saturday at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he arrived on a flight from France, sources said.

In the meantime, a grand jury handed up a sealed indictment against him, so the FBI-NYPD Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force sprang into action for the unusual, holiday-weekend bust, sources said.

Cops and FBI agents also pried their way through the heavy oak doors to Epstein’s $50 million Upper East Side townhouse to search for additional evidence against him.

Epstein lives in the Virgin Islands and also has homes in Paris, Palm Beach, Fla. and Stanley, N.M., according to his profile on New York’s sex-offender registry.

Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown — whose November expose of Epstein’s remarkably lenient plea deal spurred a pending Justice Department probe — said that his arrest likely has his some of VIP pals quaking in their boots.

The evidence against him includes “message pads where [his clients] would call and leave Epstein messages, such as, ‘I’m at this hotel,’” she told MSNBC’s “Up with David Gura.

“Why do you do that, unless you’re expecting him to send you a girl to visit you at your hotel?” Brown said.

“So there are probably quite a few important people, powerful people, who are sweating it out right now. We’ll have to wait and see whether Epstein is going to name names.”

Last week, a federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled that 2,000 pages of sealed records from a settled defamation suit against Epstein pal — and alleged accomplice — Ghislaine Maxwell should be made public. Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing.

The appeals court ruling noted that the paperwork could contain “new allegations of sexual abuse by several other prominent individuals, ‘including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister, and other world leaders.”

Epstein’s defense lawyer, Martin Weinberg, didn’t return a request for comment.
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Prosecutors had gone easy on ‘monster’ Jeffrey Epstein
By Andrew Denney and Bruce Golding
July 8, 2019 | 10:41pm | Updated July 8, 2019 | 11:10pm

The charges filed against Jeffrey Epstein by Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman followed harsh criticism of other prosecutors for their handling of sex abuse allegations against the financier.

Former Miami US Attorney Alex Acosta — who is now President Trump’s secretary of labor — came under fire in the wake of last year’s award-winning Miami Herald exposé of the non-prosecution agreement he struck with Epstein in 2008.

In February, the US Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility launched a probe into the deal in response to a request from Sen. Ben Sasse-Hole.

Sasse (R-Neb.) called the agreement part of an “epic miscarriage of justice” that let Epstein strike a plea bargain with Palm Beach County prosecutors to serve just 15 months of an 18-month sentence for two counts of solicitation of prostitution, one involving a minor.

In a statement following Epstein’s Saturday arrest, Sasse said, “This monster received a pathetically soft sentence last time and his victims deserve nothing less than justice.”

The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. also went to bat for Epstein in 2011, arguing that he shouldn’t be labeled a Level 3 sex offender — the worst of the worst — in part because the Florida case against him never resulted in an indictment.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz denied the motion and said she was “shocked” by the unusual move.

“I have never seen the prosecutor’s office do anything like this,” she said in court at the time. “I have done many [cases] much less troubling than this one where [prosecutors] would never make a downward argument like this.”

A sealed court filing obtained by The Post in April revealed that prior to the hearing, Vance’s office received a confidential state report that gave Epstein a risk-assessment score of 130 points, “solidly above the 110 qualifying number for Level 3,” with “absolutely no basis for downward departure.”

Vance’s spokesman has claimed that the DA was unaware of the move at the time, saying, “Our prosecutor made a mistake.”
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