- Federal prosecutor's office in the Southern District of New York accused the 66-year-old billionaire of creating a network to abuse girls in his mansions between 2002 and 2005.
- He failed to get out on bail and faced 45 years in prison which translated to the rest of his life had he ended up being convicted.
- Earlier attempts to prosecute him on similar charges had been failing to materialize owing to technical controversies that had been cropping up.
US tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of child sex trafficking, committed suicide in a New York prison where he was being held, according to local media reports. Epstein’s body was found on Saturday morning, per reports. Towards the end of July, the embattled Epstein was found with marks on his neck, which clearly pointed to an apparent suicide attempt, US media reported.
It remained a mystery though on how he suffered those injuries. Some anonymous sources revealed to a local media that Epstein’s injuries may have been self-inflicted, while another was of the opinion that an assault by another inmate could have been the cause of the injuries.
In early July, the federal prosecutor’s office in the Southern District of New York accused the 66-year-old billionaire of creating a network to abuse girls in his mansions between 2002 and 2005, according to a court document. The accused Jeffrey Epstein, who had wide contact with famous Americans, including Presidents Bill Clinton and billionaire Donald Trump, had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Epstein was charged with sex trafficking and conspiring to commit the crime.
He failed to get out on bail and faced 45 years in prison which translated to the rest of his life had he ended up being convicted. In the document, a grand jury argues that Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of younger girls in his homes in Manhattan, in New York, and Palm Beach, in Florida, among other places, for many years,” and alleges that after committing the acts, he paid the victims to apparently silence them and help him get away with his terrible actions.
He was also accused of “creating a wide network of underage victims to exploit them sexually,” since he paid some of them to recruit other girls who equally ended up being victims of similar abuses, with some of the victims reportedly as young as 14 years of age.
Earlier attempts to prosecute him on similar charges had been failing to materialize owing to technical controversies that had been cropping up. Florida governor Ron DeSantis recently moved to get to the bottom of the matter when he directed his state’s law enforcement department to handle a criminal probe into Jeffrey Epstein’s jail work release in the late 2000s.
The authorities had stated at the end of July that the trial against Jeffrey Epstein could start between June and September 2020. The Metropolitan Correctional Center is a federal facility in Manhattan that is often used to house suspects on hold or during their trial. Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán spent more than two years there before being convicted and transferred to a federal prison in Colorado.