MIAMI (AP) – Florida sheriff launched Friday's investigation into whether his department properly monitored the rich financier Jeffrey Epstein when he was seeking sentence to seek prostitution from underage girls.
The inquiry will focus on whether the delegates assigned to monitor Epstein in a work release program have breached any rules or regulations, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said in a statement. Under the 2008 plea of plea, Epstein was allowed to spend most of his days at the now refusing Florida Institute of Science office, which made research grants, rather than in the county prison.
“All aspects of the subject will be fully investigated to ensure full accountability and transparency,” Bradshaw said.
Epstein, 66, was convicted of one count of providing prostitution for a person under 18 years of age and seeking any prostitution. He attended a 13-month sentence, registered as a sex offender and paid a refund to victims. Although convicted but on two counts, prosecutors alleged that Epstein was associated with many of the underage teenage girls.
Helps deal with pleading with avoiding more serious federal charges. But news reports on the discussion led to a public conflict, and federal prosecutors in New York caused trafficking to people involved in underage victims. The charges arose from the office of the secretary of the office of President Donald Trump, Alex Acosta, who was Miami's attorney when the deal was signed. Epstein's innocent plea. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 45 years. A Thursday judge denied bail, stating that the cashier is a flight risk and a danger to the public.
After just over three months in Florida county prison, Epstein spent his days at his office, according to the records of Palm Beach County sheriff released to The Associated Press. The terms of his work release program allowed him to be out of prison from 8 am to 8 pm, six days a week, but records show that his personal limousine went off as soon as 7:15 am or was taken late as 10: t 40 pm
Sex offenders are now prohibited from participating in the county's work release program, but it appears that they were not in 2008, according to a copy of the rules at the time.
New York Brad Edwards, a lawyer for some of Epstein's carers, had a news conference in New York this week saying he was in contact with a woman who had “sexual contact” with Epstein in his office when he was still serving his sentence. Edwards would not recognize the woman. Epstein's lawyers did not respond to many emails seeking comments during the week.
One of the delegates assigned to Epstein said he was defending his office for several days with the AP that he remembered young women were visiting, but he could not say if there was any inappropriate contact as it was located in the lobby, with two doors between himself and Epstein's private office.
“I remember young women coming in and going back into the office area,” said Deputy deputy Jeffrey Rice in an interview on Thursday.
“Early 20s, maybe. They said they were a kind of office assistants. ”
Epstein was not allowed to leave the office if he was not returning to prison, but records show that she was sent to the mansion of Palm Beach by the sheriffs of Epstein at least eight hours.
Rice said that when he escorted Epstein's home, he stood outside the house, but he didn't know what Epstein was doing or if anyone else was inside. He contacted a sergeant to clarify what he had to do.
“I was not resting on the residence,” he said. “I followed instructions for the letter.”
Bradshaw said that it would be an integral part of his investigation and a question that would be “very serious” as a result of Epstein's drive and legal team.
Two victims filed with federal jurisdiction are trying to deal out Florida's plea. The claims for claims that prosecutors did not consult with victims as the law requires, a federal judge agreed earlier this year that there was a violation.
This story was edited to clarify that the formal charge against Epstein sought prostitution from underage girls.
Swenson's report from New York. Jim Mustian in New York assisted the press reporter associated with this report.
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