From the New York Times:
Some of the nude and partly nude images were found inside a locked safe. There were also CDs with labels like “Girl pics nude.”
These were among the “vast trove” of images of young women, some of whom appeared to be underage, prosecutors said, that were found during a search of the Manhattan townhouse of Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier. A decade earlier, he had avoided federal prosecution on similar allegations that he had sexually exploited dozens of vulnerable minors.
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Mr. Epstein’s case has drawn intense interest partly because of his extensive ties to celebrities, socialites and powerful figures, including United States presidents, past and current.
On Monday, prosecutors unsealed new charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy and argued that Mr. Epstein be held without bail.
Federal prosecutors said in court documents that the lewd photos showed Mr. Epstein “is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant.”
Here’s what we know:
Years of accusations
Mr. Epstein, 66, has been accused for years in civil court cases and in police complaints of preying on girls at his New York City mansion and his Palm Beach, Fla., estate.
[The $56 million mansion where Mr. Epstein is charged with abusing girls.]
An investigation was opened in 2005 after the parents of an accuser in Florida reported him to the police. But in 2008, prosecutors in Miami made a secret deal with Mr. Epstein that allowed him to avoid federal prosecution. Instead, he spent about a year in a Palm Beach jail, where he was allowed to leave six days a week for work.
President Trump’s secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta, then a United States attorney in Southern Florida, oversaw the 2008 plea deal that was widely criticized as letting the financier off the hook.
Presidents and royalty
It might be an understatement to say that Mr. Epstein has rubbed elbows with rich and prominent people. His high-profile connections have included former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew of Britain and Mr. Trump, among others.
In 2002, Mr. Trump told New York magazine that Mr. Epstein was a “terrific guy,” adding: “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
If convicted ...
Even though Mr. Epstein made a deal in Florida in 2008, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan, said that his office was not bound by it.
If convicted, Mr. Epstein, who was arrested on Saturday, could face a combined maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison.
Prosecutors are also looking for the forfeiture of his Upper East Side mansion, valued at $56 million, on East 71st Street. He is accused of abusing underage girls there.