In a development that shows that the #MeToo movement is chipping away at the wall of protection that powerful men have constructed around themselves, financier Jeffrey Epstein, who has ties to influential people such as Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Britain's Prince Andrew, is expected to appear in Federal court Monday on new charges of sex trafficking of underage girls.
He avoided federal charges - which could have seen him face in life in prison - and instead received an 18-month prison sentence, during which he was able to go on "work release" to his office for 12 hours a day, six days a week.
More than a decade after his conviction for soliciting prostitution from a minor, registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been charged in NY with sex trafficking.
Other media outlets report more specifically that Epstein was arrested in the NY area and charged with sex trafficking relating to incidents from the early 2000s. He "intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18", according to prosecutors, who said he also paid some of his victims to "recruit additional girls to be similarly abused".
Attorney David Boies, who represents three women who have publicly shared allegations of abuse by Epstein, said the indictment was a correction to that agreement.
It is unclear how many victims have come forward.
Epstein taught at the Upper East Side school from 1973 to 1975, and claims he left after one parent was so impressed with him that he said the young teacher should be working on Wall Street, and told him to call Ace Greenberg.
Hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking
Dershowitz, the Miami Herald Co. and an independent blogger, Michael Cernovich, sought the unsealing of records in the case. This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, in Florida, shows Jeffrey Epstein .
Epstein was arrested yesterday and is due to make his first court appearance in New York City today.
The indictment alleges that Epstein would begin his illegal sexual encounters with a "massage" before he would "escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victim".
Barr cited legal conflicts as the reason for recusing himself from the Epstein case. He is alleged to have committed the crimes while in Manhattan. Epstein is charged in a two-count indictment with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, for crimes alleged to have occurred between 2002 and 2005.
Epstein's arrest Saturday also came just days after a federal appeals court in NY ordered the unsealing of almost 2,000 pages of records in a since-settled defamation case involving Epstein. "In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit in locations including NY and Palm Beach".
A team of federal prosecutors from the Southern District of NY, along with some in the public corruption unit, have been assigned to the case. The Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether or not there was prosecutorial misconduct in the drafting of the nonprosecution agreement.
An attorney for Epstein has declined to comment.
Last year, the newspaper revealed prosecutors in Florida had originally drawn up a 53-page charge sheet against him, but that it was dropped at the last minute when a deal was reached between prosecutors in Miami and Epstein's lawyers.