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Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Arrested In New York On Sex Trafficking Charges

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NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s, according to law enforcement officials.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britains Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody and is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

One of the officials said Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York.

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

The new indictment will be unsealed Monday in court.

A message was sent to his defense attorney seeking comment.

The online publication The Daily Beast reports that several of Epsteins employees and associates are accused of recruiting girls for him to abuse.

Epstein is expected to be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.

The charges could land him in prison for up to 45 years.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to charges of soliciting and procuring minors for prostitution.

He was sentenced to 13 months in jail and was required to reach settlements with his victims.

According to court records in Florida, authorities say at least 40 underage girls were brought into Epsteins Palm Beach mansion for what turned into sexual encounters after female fixers looked for suitable girls locally and in Eastern Europe and other parts of the world.

Some girls were also allegedly brought to Epsteins homes in New York City, New Mexico and a private Caribbean island, according to court documents.

Epsteins deal was overseen by former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who is now President Donald Trumps labor secretary. Acosta has defended the plea deal as appropriate under the circumstances.

Saturdays arrest also came just days after a federal appeals court in New York ordered the unsealing of nearly 2,000 pages of records in a since-settled defamation case involving Epstein.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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