Billionaire hedge fund manager Jefferey Epstein was arrested Saturday on charges of sex trafficking, and is expected to appear in New York federal court Monday. Epstein has been accused by dozens of women of paying them for sex while they were underage, and could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted on the new charges.
Epstein made headlines in November after The Miami Herald published an extensive investigation into a 2007 plea deal that found him pleading guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution from a minor in exchange for an 18-month-long prison sentence at the Palm Beach County Jail. Epstein served 13 months of his sentence, and through a work release program was allowed to spend almost half of each day, six days a week, outside the jail. The Herald reported that Epstein was granted the privilege despite rules barring sex offenders from qualifying for work release.
The case has received attention in part because of its political elements. The federal prosecutor who negotiated Epstein’s much-criticized plea deal, Alexander Acosta, now serves in President Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of Labor.