More than a decade after letting multi-billionaire Jeffrey Epstein off lightly with a once-secret plea deal, federal law enforcement is once again attempting to put the sex offender behind bars for a serious prison sentence. The friend of political leaders and entertainment celebrities is facing new sex-trafficking charges that law enforcement officials say involve allegations dating to the early 2000s.
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested by police on charges of solicitation after detectives from the Palm Beach, Florida Police Department conducted what they termed “an in-depth investigation” in 2002.
The police report alleges that Epstein was paying underaged girls and young adult women to massage and have sex with him. On Monday, the court records were unsealed, which revealed that he faces the charge of felony solicitation for prostitution.
The Palm Beach police chief and his officers, including detectives assigned to the case, were outraged that Epstein wasn’t charged with more crimes. Cops, both on and off the record, said they were furious with the county prosecutor and the State Attorney’s office for the way in which this case was handled.
Police Chief Michael Reiter was so angry that he wrote a letter to the state attorney complaining about the case and requesting that the prosecutor be taken off the case and replaced with one who would move to obtain a superseding indictment with addition charges.
The state attorney’s office claims that the police department looks at the evidence from a different perspective (i.e., from the courtroom’s standpoint).
The Palm Beach County prosecutor’s office was embroiled in controversy for three years when they pursued a far-reaching drug investigation of conservative talk show icon Rush Limbaugh. There were accusations that the county prosecutor, a Democrat, leaked information to the news media regarding the Limbaugh case.
Epstein is pals with former President Bill Clinton and is known to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic Party candidates and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Epstein’s attorney stated that his client did not commit any crimes. His attorney also stated that his client passed a lie detector test stating the he was not aware that the girls were minors. Lie detector tests are not admissible in a criminal court.
However, police officers counter Epstein’s lawyers claims by saying they have irrefutable evidence including sworn affidavits from five alleged victims — some whom were underaged when they allegedly had sex with Epstein — and 17 witnesses.
A Palm Beach Community College student said she gave Epstein a massage in the nude, then brought him six girls, ages 14 to 16, for massage and sex-tinged sessions at his home.
A 27-year-old woman who worked as Epstein’s personal assistant also facilitated the liaisons, phoning the PBCC student to arrange for girls when Epstein was coming to town. And she escorted the girls upstairs when they arrived, putting fresh sheets on a massage table and placing massage oils nearby.
Police took sworn statements from five alleged victims and 17 witnesses. They contend that on three occasions, Epstein had sex with the girls.
Jeffrey Epstein was called an international mystery money man who appeared on the news media’s radar when he jetted to African on his private Boeing with Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and Chris Rock. New York Magazine in 2003 stated that he was a man known to love the ladies and was very secretive about his financial endeavors. The article claims no one really knows how he makes his billions of dollars.