The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan have charged multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein with having operated a sex trafficking ring according to the unsealed indictment released Monday.
CNN reported Epstein who is known for political ties with former President Bill Clinton, and current President Donald Trump was arrested on Saturday.
According to the indictment, Epstein “willfully and knowingly” between at least 2002 through 2005, “did recruit, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, and obtained numerous individuals who were less than 18 years old,” and paid them to engage in overt sexual acts in both his New York residence and his Florida residence.
As the Washington Post notes, Epstein “previously pleaded guilty to Florida state charges of soliciting prostitution to resolve allegations he molested dozens of girls.”
That plea deal has recently been heavily criticized following a detailed expo written by the Miami Herald, that explains then U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, the now current Labor Secretary for President Trump, allowed Epstein to plead guilty to state charges, avoiding federal charges, without the input of Epstein’s accusers.
Acosta, as the Washington Post reports, defended his plea deal with Epstein explaining that it meant Epstein would at least serve some jail time.
@ 11 a.m. eastern time the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York will hold a press conference regarding the new charges against Epstein.
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