Hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking

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Epstein, 66, was arrested at an airport in New Jersey on Saturday after returning to the United States from Paris on a private jet.

The indictment from U.S. District Court in the Southern District of NY accuse the 66-year-old of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations, between 2002 and 2005.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

This was one instance of Epstein getting friendly with Clinton, as the former president would take several flights on Epstein's private plane in 2002 and 2003, according to logs obtained by Gawker in 2015.

Remember Jeffrey Epstein? He's the guy who allegedly paid underage girls about $200 per session to provide him (and his wealthy friends) with erotic massages. The lawsuit was later withdrawn. The Trump camp described her allegations as "untrue".

Many are watching to see if Trump's name appears in documents due to be unsealed today.

Berman said a search of Epstein's mansion in Manhattan, conducted under a search warrant, uncovered evidence including "nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls".

The two were certainly friendly.

Epstein, 66, was arrested in NY after he arrived on an overseas flight, according to NBC News. "Terrific guy", the now president, told NY magazine in 2002. "It is even said that he likes attractive women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side".

Federal prosecutors recently filed court papers in the Florida case contending Epstein's deal, known as an NPA, must stand.

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He faces one count of sex trafficking and one of sex trafficking conspiracy. Epstein or his associates would pay each girl a sum in cash, and if a girl lured others to Epstein's residences, he would pay both the "victim-recruiter" and the new girl hundreds of dollars, according to the indictment. He served 13 months in a Palm Beach prison that allowed him to leave six days a week to work.

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., who confronted Acosta about his role in the plea deal during a congressional hearing, said: "For too long, Jeffrey Epstein has walked free and avoided the consequences of his crime".

In February, a federal judge ruled that the Florida prosecutors led by Acosta had violated federal law by failing to notify the accusers of the agreement. In February of this year, a United States district judge in Florida agreed, ruling that the deal violated the law.

Even so, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing last month there was no reason to cancel the agreement.

It is unclear how many victims have come forward.

Despite the non-prosecution agreement, authorities are still able to go after Epstein on other charges because the deal is limited to only the Miami area, including Palm Beach. The current case is being pursued by the Southern District of NY.

In the new case, Epstein seems to be encountering a far more aggressive Justice Department.

Fox News" Gregg Re reported: "It was unclear exactly to whom Pelosi was referring, but Epstein has always been connected with high-profile figures, including Britain's Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton. Prosecutors alleged Epstein was trying to ensure he had a "steady stream of minor victims".

"This is a zero-tolerance crime now and it should have been a zero-tolerance crime back then", he said.