NEW YORK (Reuters) – American financier Jeffrey Epstein on Thursday requested a federal decide to let him out of jail and permit him to stay below home arrest as he awaits trial on costs of intercourse trafficking underage women.
FILE PHOTO: A person walks previous the entrance door of the higher east facet residence of Jeffrey Epstein, after the Southern District of New York introduced costs of intercourse trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit intercourse trafficking of minors, in New York, U.S., July eight, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
In a submitting in federal court docket in Manhattan, Epstein’s attorneys argued that residence confinement, together with digital monitoring, surveillance and a bond secured by a mortgage on his $77 million Manhattan mansion could be sufficient to make sure that he doesn’t flee the nation.
New York-based federal prosecutors mentioned at a court docket listening to on Monday that they are going to oppose Epstein’s launch on bail, saying he poses an “extraordinary danger of flight” due to his wealth, non-public planes and vital worldwide ties. They’re due to answer Epstein’s movement by Friday night.
Epstein, 66, was arrested on Saturday night at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, the place he had returned on his non-public airplane from Paris. He pleaded not responsible to intercourse trafficking and conspiracy.
The well-connected cash supervisor was identified for socializing with politicians and royalty, with buddies who’ve included Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, former Democratic President Invoice Clinton and, in keeping with court docket papers, Britain’s Prince Andrew. None of these folks was talked about within the indictment.
In accordance with an indictment, Epstein organized for ladies to carry out nude “massages” and different intercourse acts, and paid some women to recruit others, from no less than 2002 to 2005. Prosecutors mentioned he deliberately sought out women below the age of 18.
Epstein had confronted comparable costs from federal prosecutors in Florida in 2007, however reached a deal to keep away from federal prosecution by pleading responsible to a Florida state prostitution cost and registering as a intercourse offender. He served 13 months in a county jail, however was allowed to depart throughout the day to go to his workplace.
Epstein’s attorneys have mentioned that the earlier settlement ought to make him proof against the brand new costs, which cowl the identical interval. The New York prosecutors have mentioned they aren’t sure by the settlement.
In Thursday’s submitting, Epstein’s attorneys mentioned their consumer had proven he was unlikely to flee via his “good compliance with onerous intercourse offender registration necessities – pinpointing his precise nightly whereabouts – throughout a number of jurisdictions over a 10-year interval.”
They mentioned Epstein would nonetheless conform to be fitted with an digital ankle bracelet, give up his passport and de-register his non-public jet as situations of his home arrest.
The New York prosecutors’ workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The prosecutors behind the Florida deal included Alex Acosta, then the U.S. Legal professional for the Southern District of Florida and now Trump’s secretary of labor.
Acosta defended the deal in public statements on Wednesday, disputing that it was too lenient and saying it had ensured Epstein, whom he referred to as a sexual predator, would serve jail time.
Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; modifying by Jonathan Oatis