Feds Unseal New Sex Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein

The Washington Post reports:

Federal prosecutors on Monday unsealed new sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein, alleging the politically connected multimillionaire abused dozens of female minors at his Manhattan and Florida homes.

Epstein — who was arrested over the weekend and is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan — had previously pleaded guilty to Florida state charges of soliciting prostitution to resolve allegations he molested dozens of girls. That arrangement has been widely criticized as too lenient. As part of the deal, he had to spend just more than a year in jail and was allowed to leave daily for work, and he never faced any federal exposure.

The new charges, brought by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, could lead to a much harsher penalty. He is charged in a two-count indictment with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, for crimes that are alleged to have occurred between 2002 and 2005.