UPDATE (Monday 10:53 AM EDT): The sealed indictment in the Jeffrey Epstein case has been unsealed. Read below.
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was detained for purportedly sex trafficking dozens of children in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005 and will arrive in court in New York on Monday, according to The Daily Beast’s reporting. The arrest occurs about 12 years after the 66-year-old entrepreneur mostly got no repercussions for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida. For over a decade, Epstein’s alleged violation of minors has been the topic of lawsuits brought by victims, inquiries by local and federal authorities, and exposés in the press.
The new indictment being unsealed Monday will reportedly testify that Epstein sexually abused dozens of underage girls in an all-too-familiar scheme: paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of children—which could put him away for a maximum of 45 years.
Several of the billionaire’s workers and accomplices allegedly recruited the girls for Epstein’s exploitation, and some victims ultimately became recruiters themselves. The girls were as young as 14, and Epstein comprehended they were underage, according to specifications of the arrest and indictment distributed by two officials.