Prosecutors Knew Epstein Had Raped Young Girls 2 Years Before Cutting Plea Deal

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Florida prosecutors knew that Jeffrey Esptein had sexually assaulted girls two years before they cut a plea deal.

According to transcripts released on Monday this week, the prosecutors were too lenient and missed an opportunity to imprison him the pedophile a decade earlier.

The surprise release of the transcripts came after a new law covering such cases was approved in February.

The grand jury investigation began in Florida in 2006 ,13 years before Epstein was charged with federal sex trafficking crimes.

AP reports: Circuit Judge Luis Delgado’s release of approximately 150 pages Monday came as a surprise, since there was scheduled hearing next week over unsealing the graphic testimony. Gov. Ron DeSantis had signed a bill in February allowing the release on Monday or any time thereafter that Delgado ordered. Florida grand jury transcripts are usually kept secret forever, but the bill created an exemption for cases like Epstein’s.

The transcripts show that the grand jury heard testimony that Epstein, who was then in his 40s, had raped teenage girls as young as 14 at his Palm Beach mansion, often paying them so he could commit statutory rape or assault. The teenagers testified and told detectives they were also paid cash or rented cars if they found him more girls.

“The details in the record will be outrageous to decent people,” Delgado wrote in his order. “The testimony taken by the Grand Jury concerns activity ranging from grossly unacceptable to rape — all of the conduct at issue is sexually deviant, disgusting, and criminal.”

In 2008, Epstein cut a deal with South Florida federal prosecutors that allowed him to escape more severe federal charges and instead plead guilty to state charges of procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution. He was sentenced to 1.5 years in the Palm Beach County jail system, during which he was allowed to go to his office almost daily as part of a work-release program, followed by a year of house arrest. He was required to register as a sex offender.

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