Updated Jul 8, 2019

Prosecutors unseal sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: Rick Friedman/Getty Images

Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and registered sex offender, was charged by federal prosecutors in New York for allegedly abusing dozens of female minors at his Manhattan and Florida homes, court documents unsealed on Monday show.

Details: Prosecutors are seeking to detain Epstein as he awaits trial, arguing he is a flight risk, per the New York Times. Investigators also seized nude photographs of underage girls from his Manhattan townhouse. Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

  • 3 unnamed victims are cited in the case in New York. A judge ruled in February that prosecutors had broken the law in reaching a previous plea deal. One of those prosecutors was then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta — now President Trump's Labor secretary.

Context: Epstein was taken into federal custody over the charges on Sunday, involving allegations that date to the 2000s, per AP. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan brought the charges against him, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Police alleged in a previous court case that Epstein paid underage girls to perform sexual acts for him in Florida. After reaching a plea deal on state charges, he was convicted in 2008 of soliciting a girl who was aged 16 when the offenses began.

  • Before his first arrest, Epstein was an influential hedge fund manager who once counted President Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew among his friends.

Why it matters: The Miami Herald reported in November allegations concerning the plea deal between federal prosecutors and Epstein in which he averted federal prosecution for his participation in an international sex operation.

This article has been updated with more context and details on Epstein's reported charge and court appearance.

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What we know: The life and death of Jeffrey Epstein

A protest group called "Hot Mess" holds signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8. Photo: Stephanie Keith / Stringer/Getty Images.

Federal prosecutors charged multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein with sexual abuse and sex trafficking of underage girls in July. On Aug. 10, the 66-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide at a federal detention center in New York City.

The latest: After alleged victims and their attorneys testified at a hearing on Aug. 27, a federal judge formally closed the criminal sex trafficking case against Epstein Aug. 29. Meanwhile, prosecutors in France opened a preliminary investigation into Epstein, "in connection with possible offenses such as rape, the sexual assault of minors and criminal conspiracy" in late August.

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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail in sex trafficking case

Epstein in 2004. Photo: Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images

Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender and former hedge fund investor, was denied bail by a federal judge in New York Thursday and will remain in jail while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

Details: Judge Richard Berman said from the bench that Epstein presents both a flight risk and a danger to the community, which influenced his decision to deny bail, per CNBC.

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Pelosi leads calls for Acosta to resign over Epstein's 2008 plea deal

President Donald Trump with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. Photo: Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading calls for Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign over his role in a 2008 plea deal with financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who now faces sex trafficking charges. And she questioned President Trump's decision to appoint Acosta to the Cabinet.

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