Billionaire pays 13-year-old girls for intercourse, arrested for child trafficking

A 66 – year – old hedge fund billionaire has been arrested on sex trafficking charges in the New York area , after having long been followed by accusations of molesting young girls , US media reported .

Jeffrey Epstein , 66 , who is expected to appear before a federal magistrate on Monday, was arrested Saturday at a New Jersey airport after arriving from Paris in his private jet , CBS Miami reported.

A source familiar with the case told the television station that Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking .

Epstein had long been the subject of accusations of paying young girls for sexual massages at his Palm Beach , Florida mansion .

A police investigation found that he had engaged in sex with underage girls , some as young as 13 , according to reporting by the Miami Herald.

But Epstein avoided federal prosecution in those cases with a 2007 plea deal negotiated by R. Alexander Acosta , now the US labor secretary and at the time the top federal prosecutor in Miami .

Under the deal , he pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor and was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail .

The Miami Herald investigation found that Epstein was granted work release privileges that allowed him to leave jail for 12 hours a day , six days a week , and that he was released after 13 months.

The revelations threw a spotlight on Epstein , a well – connected financier whose friends included US President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton .
It also drew attention to Acosta ’ s role in negotiating the plea deal .

( AFP)

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