Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein faces child molestation charges over claims he sexually abused three underage girls aged as young as 14 (Pictures: AP)A billionaire friend to the stars sexually abused girls aged as young as 14, court documents claim.
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, molested the youngsters at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach in Florida, according to a newly-unsealed indictment.
That paperwork alleges Epstein, who counts Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump among acquaintances, used cash to recruit ‘a vast network of underage victims.’
The indictment was unsealed by prosecutors from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The billionaire denied sex trafficking and conspiracy charges at a court hearing in New York Monday.
It details alleged abuse of three underage girls, named in paperwork as Minor Victim-1, Minor Victim-2 and Minor-Victim 3.
FBI agents are said to have found nude photos believed to depict underage girls while raiding Epstein’s mansion. He is due to appear before a New York court later on MondayEpstein, who made his money as a successful financier, reportedly paid them hundreds of dollars for ‘massages’ that escalated into sexual encounters.
He is said to have ‘encouraged or enticed’ them to recruit other underage girls to do the same, meaning he had a ‘steady supply of new victims,’ it is alleged.
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Epstein admitted soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14 in June 2008 and was sentenced to 18 months jail.
His sentence proved controversial after he was housed in a private wing of Palm Beach County Stockade.
Epstein was also permitted to have a ‘work release’ to his office in downtown Palm Beach, where he could spend up to 12 hours a day up to six days a week.
He served 13 months behind bars before being released and ordered to serve a year on probation.