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“Secretary of Labor Alexander #Acosta, already under federal investigation for a secret immunity deal he gave to a suspected sex trafficker of underage girls, may have to face some of those victims — who are now adult women —in federal courtroom”

“Jeffrey E. #Epstein , a billionaire New York financier …has been charged by federal prosecutors w/sex #trafficking… Epstein was arrested in the #NewYork area and is in federal custody. He is expected to appear before a federal magistrate on Monday.”…
“The new indictment—which…will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court—will reportedly allege #Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for "massages" & then molesting or sexually abusing them”…
“A passerby said she saw about a dozen agents knock down the door of #Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse around 5:30 p.m.”

“two weeks after DoJ announced it would not throw out his 2008 non-prosecution agreement, even tho a federal judge ruled it was illegal”…
“That bail hearing will be critical because if they grant him bail, he will disappear and they will never get him,'' a source in New York told the Herald”

“latest charges against [#Epstein] allege that employees & friends procured dozens of #underage #girls, as young as 14, for Epstein, who understood they were under 18. Epstein…paid the girls in cash for "massages" but later sexually assaulted or abused”…
“If today’s report is true, it only proves that #Epstein should have been charged by federal prosecutors 12 years ago in Florida… With his money, Epstein was able to buy more than a decade of delay in facing justice…”…
#Epstein was taken into federal custody when his plane landed after an international flight Saturday, a law enforcement source tells NPR.”

“new charges are in a sealed indictment… "involve alleged sex trafficking crimes committed between 2002 and 2005”…

“The case is being handled by the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York, with assistance from the district’s human-trafficking officials and the FBI”

“Highly unusual for a sex trafficking case to be handled by #PCU

“ruled last week court records from #Epstein’s previous indictment could all be unsealed… might finally shine …on the network of staffers who assisted him in organizing his sex trafficking ring, as well as possibly others who made use of it.”…
“Federal prosecutors are expected to unseal the charges on Monday accusing #Epstein of running a sex-trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, to his Upper East Side home, according to 3 law enforcement officials…”…
“…He was arrested on Saturday at Teterboro Airport in NJ, after arriving on a private flight from France, two law enforcement sources said. The sex #trafficking charges carry a combined maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison.”

Jeffrey #Epstein
#Epstein “is alleged to have conspired with others to form a “network”. Employees and associates contacted victims and scheduled sexual encounters … Epstein’s accusers were recruited to give massages “which would be performed nude or partially nude… “…
“…adding that the massages would turn “increasingly sexual in nature, and would typically include one or more sex acts”.

#Epstein is alleged to have paid some victims hundreds of dollars for each new victim procured.”

“abundance of evidence”

“Prosecutors identified three employees who allegedly set up appointments w/victims to “engage in paid sex acts w/#Epstein.””

“found a trove of evidence of his crimes, including “lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls,” & “evidence consistent…”…
“… w/victim recollections” that serves to strengthen “evidence of the conduct charged in the Indictment” …Some…photographs law enforcement found in #Epstein’s home were on CDs that were kept in a locked safe. The handwritten labels made it clear”
“The investigation is ongoing, and law-enforcement officials said they are seeking additional witnesses with information about Mr. #Epstein. In court Monday, a federal prosecutor said in the 36 hours since Mr. Epstein’s arrest became public, the office …”…
“… had received calls from several lawyers and potential victims who haven’t been interviewed.

“… Rosmiller said “we don’t expect any imminent superseding indictments,” adding it was “certainly possible down the road.””

Jeffrey #Epstein
“It was striking, prosecutors said in court documents, that Mr. #Epstein, having been convicted of a sex offense involving an “underage victim,” would continue to maintain “a vast trove of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls.””…
“… Mr. #Epstein “is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant,” prosecutors wrote to the judge, arguing against bail.”

“The indictment accuses Mr. Epstein, 66, of engaging in sex acts with dozens of vulnerable minors, some as young as 14 …”
“Accusations of #pedophilia and sexual predation have dogged Mr. #Epstein for decades. And now, in the #MeToo era, his case had been held up as a prime example of insulated, powerful men avoiding accountability.”

SDNY's “public corruption unit is handling the #Epstein case, probably bc he is alleged to have provided underage women to "pretty high-profile individuals."

"That would involve… public corruption if the charges were suppressed for that reason”…
“By the time I was 16, I had probably brought him 70 to 80 girls who were all 14 and 15 years old”

"In the world of trial lawyers, we refer to the Southern District of New York as the most powerful law firm in the world…They do not go forward with a case unless they have investigated it top to bottom and they are convinced they will get a conviction."…
#Epstein was never charged under federal law in Florida, and so no jeopardy has attached… SDNY prosecutors were able to capture the conduct that occurred in Florida by using a conspiracy charge alleging that this part of the conspiracy occurred in NY”
Alexander “#Acosta is coming under a blizzard of calls from senior Democrats to step down or face fresh congressional scrutiny over the unusual deal he struck w/#Epstein while serving as Miami’s top federal prosecutor 11 years ago.“

“…Under the deal, the FBI probe that had already culminated in a 53-page draft indictment was shut down in favor of #Epstein pleading guilty to two lesser state charges that controversially labelled his victims as prostitutes.”

Immunity was also granted
”WH officials… including Mulvaney, & business groups soured on #Acosta in recent months bc slow pace of regulations being implemented by his dept on issues, such as overtime pay. But more recently, Acosta pushed thru regulations, quieting some complaints”…
“… The expectation in the West Wing is that Trump is likely to give #Acosta the benefit of the doubt because of the allegations of assault by women that the president says have been falsely made against him and … Brett Kavanaugh”

“According to Law & Crime, #Kirkland & Ellis were involved in the #Epstein case and the firm's senior partner Jay #Lefkowitz is among the list of notable attorneys, which also includes Harvard professor Alan #Dershowitz, who have once represented” Epstein…
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