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Financier Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to sex trafficking charges

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 14:20:53-04

NEW YORK (AP) – Financier Jeffrey Epstein has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges.

The wealthy financier and registered sex offender will remain in jail until his bail hearing on Thursday.

Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the 2000s, according to law enforcement officials.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody Saturday, according to two officials.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case.

Epstein is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court. A message was sent to his attorney seeking comment.

Epstein’s arrest was first reported by The Daily Beast.

The arrest comes amid renewed scrutiny of a once-secret plea deal that Epstein entered into.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution. The deal ended a federal investigation that could have landed Epstein in prison for life.

Instead, He was sentenced to 13 months in jail and was required to reach financial settlements with dozens of his once-teenage victims. Epstein also was required to register as a sex offender.

The deal also required financial settlements to dozens of Epstein’s victims.