On Saturday, billionaire financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for the alleged sex trafficking of dozens of minors in New York and Florida between and In a criminal indictment unsealed Monday, federal prosecutors claimed that Epstein lured underage girls, some as young as 14, to his luxurious homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach under the guise of paying them cash for massages. He then molested them and encouraged them to recruit other young girls to return with them. The hedge-fund manager and former friend of presidents Trump and Clinton faced similar charges a decade ago but escaped federal prosecution via a widely criticized, shockingly lenient plea deal.
7 arrested after missing Florida teen used as ‘sex slave,' investigators
Petersburg trailer, investigators said. Investigators with the St. Petersburg Police Department said six people were arrested in the case on Monday, and the final suspect turned himself in to police Tuesday morning. Police said suspect Curtis Gruwell turned himself in Tuesday morning.
‘They used him as a sex slave’: 7 people arrested after missing Florida teen found
Update : Jeffrey Epstein has entered a not guilty plea—see below for full update. Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein has been indicted on charges of sex trafficking minors and sex trafficking conspiracy, over a decade after Epstein first wrangled a contentious plea deal on allegations that he'd been running a " sexual pyramid scheme " from his various homes. Epstein's appearance in the U. Prosecutors allege that between at least and , Epstein knowingly enticed "dozens of minor girls" to his Upper East Side mansion and Palm Beach estate; that he paid them hundreds of dollars in cash to strip naked or partially naked and give him hyper-sexual massages.
Agency 12 Jul In a March interview, Kelly vehemently denied the charges and said he was "fighting" for his life. Getty Images.