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A 14-year-old girl was the first to report Jeffrey Epstein in a federal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by the wealthy financier, which indicated other potential underage victims, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Yet he was convicted of soliciting a girl who was aged 16 when the offenses began.

The details: The younger girl believed her case was the one referred to in Epstein's guilty plea, her lawyer told WashPost, which obtained additional information on the case. Epstein's plea resulted in a lighter sentence in 2008 and eased his obligations to register as a sex offender.

What they're saying: “They were cutting a plea deal. It wasn’t a prosecution,” the younger girl's attorney Spencer Kuvin told WashPost. “They had a grab bag of 40 girls [accusing Epstein] to choose from.”

Why it matters: The Miami Herald reported in November allegations concerning a sweetheart plea deal between federal prosecutors and Epstein in which he averted federal prosecution for his participation in an international sex operation. In February, a judge ruled the prosecutors had broken the law in doing so. One of those prosecutors was Alexander Acosta — now President Trump's labor secretary. In New York this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit signaled it was looking at unsealing documents that could elucidate more on the teen sex trafficking case, Bloomberg Law reported.


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In photos: Pope Francis spreads message of peace on first trip to Iraq

Iraqis dressed in traditional outfits greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Erbil airport, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, on March 7. Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis was on Sunday visiting northern areas of Iraq once held by Islamic State militants.

Why it matters: This is the first-ever papal trip to Iraq. The purpose of Francis' four-day visit is largely intended to reassure the country's Christian minority, who were violently persecuted by ISIS, which controlled the region from 2014-2017.

Cuomo faces fresh misconduct allegations from former aides

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a February press conference in New York City. Photo: Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was on Saturday facing fresh accusations of misconduct against his staff, including further allegations of inappropriate behavior against two more women. His office denies the claims.

Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."

In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.