Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart plea deal got even sweeter two years after he managed to avoid serious prison time and federal charges, when authorities in Florida provided officials in New Mexico with false information about his case.
Epstein had just completed his probation period in Florida at the time, following his deal with prosecutors that saw him plead guilty to two solicitation charges involving a victim who was 16, according court documents that were kept under seal for years.
A month after he registered however, he received a letter from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety informing him he did not need to be listed as an offender following a review of his offenses.
That was due to a Florida police report which falsely stated the victim was 17, which is the age of consent in New Mexico.
This came after prosecutors in the case made a concerted effort to hide the minor’s age since the female plaintiffs believed it was the original accuser – who was 14 at the time – that was the charging victim in the case.
Jeffrey Epstein managed to dodge signing the sex offender register in New Mexico by wriggling through a legal loophole
Maria Farmer (right) said in an affidavit that her sister was taken to Epstein’s mansion where she was touched ‘inappropriately’
‘It was determined at that time that because the victim was not under the age of 16, Mr. Epstein does not have a registration requirement in New Mexico,’ said Herman Lovato, a spokesman for the public safety department.
Michael B. Edmondson, a spokesman for the current state’s attorney in Palm Beach County, stated that he was unable to provide the age of the victim when asked about this discrepancy.
He also said that he could not provide any details about Epstein’s crime.
Now, an allegation has been made against the financier who is accused of ‘inappropriately touching’ a 15-year-girl at the New Mexico ranch in 1996.
Maria Farmer said in an affidavit that her sister was taken to the ranch and allegedly molested on a massage table.
This allegation has now sparked a state probe into Epstein’s historical behavior.
Farmer, 49, claims that she too was abused as a 26-year-old by the billionaire and his friend Ghislaine Maxwell in the hedge fund manager’s New York mansion.
The Kentucky woman, who used to work for Epstein, also claims that she witnessed young girls being escorted into the state-of-the-art home.
Following Epstein’s arrest on Saturday night in New Jersey, at least 14 new women have come forward to accuse the financier or sexual abuse – including at least five who were minors at the time – according to the Miami Herald.
Former detective Deborah Anaya called the 10,000-acre ranch, which the billionaire bought in 1993, ‘very large, very secluded and very high-security’
Four have approached New York lawyer David Boies following Epstein’s arrest over claims he abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.
On Wednesday, Jennifer Araoz said the wealthy financier raped her in his New York mansion when she was 15.
His lawyers recommended house arrest in Epstein’s $77 million Manhattan mansion and electronic monitoring as they countered what they described as a ‘drastic demand’ by prosecutors that he be detained until trial.
On Wednesday Jennifer Araoz (left this week and right as a teenager) said the wealthy financier raped her in his New York mansion when she was 15
They said their client was willing to offer the Manhattan property as collateral while he lives there, along with his private jet, which would be grounded, as he fights the charges.
In 2015, victim Virginia Roberts filed a lawsuit against the billionaire, claiming that he recruited her as a ‘sex slave’ at the age of 15, sexually abusing her for years on his private jet as well as his various homes in New York, New Mexico, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands.
Epstein remains at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Manhattan, the same facility that is currently housing the Mexican drug lord El Chapo.
TIMELINE OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S LEGAL TROUBLES
1999-2002 – Virginia Roberts [Jane Doe #3] claims to she served as a ‘sex slave’ for Jeffrey Epstein and was required to engage in sexual activity with him and a number of his high-profile friends.
March 2005 – Authorities in Florida launch a probe into Epstein after a mother calls and alleges that her daughter was molested at his Palm Beach estate.
May 2006 – A probable cause affidavit is filed by the Palm Beach Police Department after the sexual battery investigation into Epstein, Sarah Kellen and Haley Robson Sworn. It charges Epstein with four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for unlawful sex with a minor. Five victims and seventeen witnesses were interviewed, and alleged that Epstein engaged in unlawful sexual behavior. Sworn meanwhile was accused of profiting by providing young girls to Epstein, while Kellen was tasked with keeping a black book containing the names and contact information of these minors in her capacity as Epstein’s assistant.
May 2006 – Barry Krischer, the State Attorney in Palm Beach, refers the case to a grand jury.
June 2006 – The grand jury returns an indictment of one count of solicitation of prostitution. This charge does not reflect that the individual in question was a minor. Only one girl testifies in front of the grand jury.
July 2006 – The Palm Beach Police Chief grows increasingly annoyed as he watches the lack of progress his investigation is making in the legal system, and convinces the FBI to open a federal investigation. It is dubbed Operation Leap Year and the possible crime being probed is ‘child prostitution.’
November 2006 – Operation Leap Year picks up steam as the FBI begins interviewing potential witnesses and victims from the three states where Epstein owns property: Florida, New York and New Mexico.
June 2007 – The US Attorney’s Office drafts a lengthy indictment as the federal probe of Epstein comes to an end, while at the same time Epstein begins negotiating a possible plea deal.
July 2007 – A new set of grand jury subpoenas are issued, including ones for Epstein’s computers. When police go to execute those subpoenas at Epstein’s Palm Beach home, they discover they have all been removed.
August 2007 – The US Attorney in Miami at the time, Alex Acosta, joins the Epstein negotiation talks.
September 2007 – Epstein signs a non-prosecution agreement on September 24 after rejecting multiple plea deals. His criminal charges are then deferred to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.
October 2007 – Acosta meets with Epstein’s lawyer Jay Lefkowitz to finalize the terms of the plea deal. It is agreed that the victims would not be notified, the deal would be kept under seal and all grand jury subpoenas would be canceled – including the one for Epstein’s computers, which were still at large.
January 2008 – After months of demands, Epstein and his lawyers say they will not longer accept the plea deal because he forces him to register as a sex offender.
February 2008 – A civil lawsuit is filed against Epstein by an anonymous woman, stating that as a 16-year-old minor she was recruited to give Epstein a paid massage. She demands $50 million, claiming that she was then force to perform sex acts on Epstein.
March 2008 – A federal grand jury presentation is planned following the FBI probe. Lawyers for Epstein begin harassing victims with phone calls and one of his investigators is accused of trying to run a victim’s father off the road.
March 2008 – A second woman files a civil action against Epstein.
May 2008 – It is announced that with no plea deal in case, the federal case against Epstein can proceed.
June 2008 – On June 30, Epstein pleads guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution with a minor under the age of 18. Both are state charges and he is sentenced to 18 months in jail. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
July 2008 – Epstein’s victims learn of the plea deal, but it will be another 10 years before they are informed of all the details, including the fact that victim was 16 in the charge to which Epstein entered a guilty plea and not 14 like the women were led to believe. This allowed Epstein to avoid registering as a sex offender in multiple states like New Mexico, where he has a ranch. An emergency petition is filed udner the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which mandates that victims be informed about plea agreements and the right to appear at sentencing. It is ignored.
August 2008 – Epstein’s agreement cannot be unsealed for the victims to see it is ruled in court, with federal prosecutors fighting to keep the records hidden from the public.
October 2008 – Epstein begins work release from the county stockad, where six days a week an he is transported to an office where he is able to work and entertain visitors. He returns to the stockade in the evening.
December 2008 – A judge grants Epstein’s request to travel to New York for a day and then an extended stay. He says it is for a court case, but after an initial filing there is no follow-up in the case.
July 22, 2009 – Epstein is released from prison.