Billionaire Sex Offender Skipped 34 Court-Ordered Check-Ins, DA Did Nothing
New York, NY – Convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein never once checked in with New York law enforcement during the eight years since he was ordered to do so by a judge, and the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the district attorney’s office are pointing the finger at each other.
After Epstein was labeled a Level Three sex offender in 2011, a New York judge ordered him to check in with law enforcement and confirm his address every 90 days, the New York Post reported.
The sex offender registration was in connection with a shady plea deal made in 2008 with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who went on to become Secretary of Labor under President Donald Trump.
Acosta was forced to resign from the administration after Epstein’s arrest on July 6 revealed the questionable details of his 2008 plea agreement.
Epstein, now 66, pleaded guilty in Florida to procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution, according to his plea agreement, CNBC reported.
He was sentenced to 13 months in prison but spent the bulk of his sentence out on work release or in a private wing of the prison.
In February, the U.S. Department of Justice began investigating how Epstein’s case was handled by federal prosecutors at the time, CNBC reported.
That deal is currently being challenged in federal court in Florida, FOX News reported.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of Florida recently ruled Epstein's victims should have been consulted prior to making the deal.
The judge is now determining whether the plea deal should be invalidated, FOX News reported.
A federal indictment unsealed on July 8 alleged that Epstein had continued to prey on “dozens” of underage girls in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, even after he achieved his Level Three sex offender status.
Prosecutors said the billionaire used his victims to create and maintain a “vast network” by paying them to recruit new underage girls for him to sexually abuse.
The indictment said Epstein paid victims as young as 14 hundreds of dollars to engage in sexual acts with him at his New York and Palm Beach mansions, FOX News reported.
But during the time when Epstein was racking up his latest charges sexually assaulting children, he should have been checking in with NYPD’s Sex Offender Monitoring Unit (SOMU) every 90 days in the Manhattan criminal courthouse, the New York Post reported.
Police sources told the New York Post that the whole thing made no sense.
“The NYPD can’t modify a court order,” a police source said. “If the judge says he has to report here, he has to report here.”
NYPD told the New York Post that it had believed Epstein wasn’t required to check in because his primary residence was his private island in the Caribbean.
But that exact argument was tossed by New York Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz back on Jan. 18, 2011 when Epstein’s defense attorney’s tried to make it.
That was the same bizarre hearing where the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office tried to help Epstein get labeled as a Level One sex offender instead of the more rigorous Level Three classification, the New York Post reported.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office has since said that was a mistake made by an attorney who no longer works for them.
But that doesn’t explain why the district attorney’s office has done nothing to make Epstein comply with the judge’s order to check in.
The officer assigned to monitor Epstein has repeatedly complained to Vance’s office that the billionaire was not in compliance, but sources said the only thing the district attorney’s office did about it was instruct the officer to send a letter to the sex offender reminding him of his reporting requirement, the New York Post reported.
Vance’s office denied that allegation and pointed the finger back at NYPD.
“The NYPD — which is the agency responsible for monitoring SORA compliance — has repeatedly told us that Mr. Epstein was in full compliance with the law,” a spokesman for Vance’s office told the New York Post.
A failure-to-report violation is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison – and an additional seven years in prison for each subsequent violation.
The New York Post estimated that Epstein has missed 34 check-ins since he was given the Level Three sex offender status.