Nude photographs of underage girls were among the findings of New York prosecutors as they searched Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan home, according to The New York Times.
The revelation came to light as prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Monday charging Epstein with sex trafficking, with some of his victims as young as 14 years old.
Epstein, who faced similar charges in Florida in 2005 but was ultimately offered a shockingly lenient plea deal, is alleged to have engaged in sex trafficking of underage girls between 2002 and 2005, when he and his employees lured dozens of girls to his homes in New York and Palm Beach.
Once there, Epstein allegedly would have the girls perform “perform nude massages, at which point he would masturbate and touch their genitals with his hands or with sex toys.” Epstein would then pay the girls hundreds of dollars for each encounter.
More than ten years ago in Florida, “prosecutors had prepared a 53-page indictment accusing Mr. Epstein of being a sexual predator. But those charges were shelved in 2008 after an eleventh-hour deal was reached between the United States attorney’s office in Miami and Mr. Epstein’s lawyers.”
The Justice Department is reportedly looking into that plea agreement, which a federal judge ruled earlier this year violated the law in that prosecutors kept the deal secret from Epstein’s victims until the agreement was finalized.