For many, the recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein has exposed a dark and terrifying reality about the world at large: If you’re rich enough or well connected enough, you’ll never face true justice.
Epstein was arrested in New York this week on charges of child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit that act. The accusations against him are horrible, but unfortunately not surprising.
You see, Epstein has been down this road before. The adjudication of his previous pedophilia-related charges in 2008 allowed the wealthy financier to serve 13 months of work release after pleading guilty to the inexcusably lenient charge of “soliciting”. The handling of that case cost Labor Secretary Alex Acosta his job today, after it become well known that he had been instrumental in constructing the sweetheart deal.
This time, however, the FBI is going for the jugular, and has asked for any still-unknown victims of Epstein to come forward in hopes of building a larger case against him.
This effort has already paid dividends.
At least a dozen new victims have come forward to claim they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein even as the multimillionaire money manager tries to convince a federal judge to allow him to await a sex trafficking trial from the comfort of the same $77 million Manhattan mansion where he’s accused of luring teenage girls into unwanted sex acts.
Following Epstein’s arrest Saturday in New Jersey, four women have reached out to New York lawyer David Boies, and at least 10 other women have approached other lawyers who have represented dozens of Epstein’s alleged victims in the past.
The FBI press conference, and their stern language condemning Epstein, has given several of the convicted pedophile’s victims the courage needed to come forward…even years after their abuse.
Jack Scarola, a Palm Beach attorney, said at least five women, all of whom were minors at the time of their alleged encounters with Epstein, have reached out to either him or Fort Lauderdale lawyer Brad Edwards.
“The people we are speaking to are underage victims in Florida and in New York. They are not individuals whose claims have previously been part of any law enforcement investigation,’’ Scarola said.
Epstein’s New York mansion was searched by authorities this week, and investigators alluded to finding hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs of underage women in inappropriate situations.
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