'Scary Person': US Prosecutors Detail Assets of Accused Child Sex Trafficker Epstein

'Scary Person': US Prosecutors Detail Assets of Accused Child Sex Trafficker Epstein

Berman called the disclosure "cursory", saying that it "does not fully assist me" in deciding whether to free Epstein on bail or remand him to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Epstein was charged last week in NY with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

Prosecutors said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering that he had paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals, including a former employee, in the past year. According to prosecutors, also in Epstein's safe were hundreds of photos "of what appeared to be underage girls" discovered after his arrest, Fox News reported.

Prosecutors have said Epstein must remain in jail to prevent him from fleeing the country, citing his wealth and connections overseas, as well as allegations he paid two potential witnesses previous year in an apparent effort to influence them.

He called the well-connected Epstein, 66, a flight risk and a danger to the community, saying he should remain incarcerated until he is tried on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in NY and Florida in the early 2000s. For one, prosecutors said they had obtained financial records confirming that Epstein is worth more than $500 million, including a single account with over $110 million.

Assistant US Attorney Alex Rossmiller told the court Epstein had "piles of cash", "dozens of diamonds" and a fake foreign passport that listed his residence as Saudi Arabia when US authorities raided his NY home.

Epstein's defence team has argued that he should be allowed to remain at his home, fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet and with his building under police video surveillance.

The Duke of York has consistently denied the claims and a judge threw out her allegations because they were "immaterial and impertinent to the central claim" against Epstein. Acosta came under renewed criticism following Epstein's arrest over the 2008 non-prosecution agreement he oversaw as the USA attorney in Miami.

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Under his earlier Florida agreement, Epstein served 13 months in a county jail, but was allowed to go to his office during the day. "His wealth and privilege would often make it more hard".

Courtney Wild said she was abused by Epstein in Palm Beach, Florida, from the age of 14. Since then, they argued, Epstein had engaged in "14 years of self-discipline", hadn't broken the law and had complied with all the requirements of his sex-offender status.

Prosecutor Alex Rossmiller argued that given his wealth, Epstein poses an "extraordinary risk of flight".

Prosecutors said Epstein had made two payments totaling $350,000 two days after the Miami Herald published a series on his alleged crimes in November.

Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last week following renewed criticism over the 2008 plea deal with Epstein he oversaw as the USA attorney in Miami.

"This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations", prosecutors said.

Epstein had demonstrated that he "disciplined himself", Weinberg said, by not engaging in any crimes since the Florida deal, in which he agreed to submit himself to sex offender registration procedures in multiple states. If it happened, he said, it was not authorized by Epstein.

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