Federal prosecutors on Monday said wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein is a “serial sexual predator” who has maintained “a vast trove of lewd photographs” of young-looking women or girls as they asked a judge to hold him without bail on child sex trafficking charges.
Federal agents who searched Epstein’s $77 million Upper East Side apartment in Manhattan also found “in a locked safe … compact discs with hand-written labels including the following: ‘Young [Name] + [Name],’ ‘Misc nudes 1,’ and ‘Girl pics nudes,’ ” according to a new court filing in Epstein’s case.
Prosecutors said Epstein, a former friend of both President Donald Trump and ex-President Bill Clinton, represented both an “extreme” flight risk, and a risk to the public if he is freed on bail.
“The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant; rather, he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges,” prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York wrote in their filing.
Epstein, 66, is accused in an indictment unsealed Monday of trafficking “dozens” of minor girls, some of young as 14 years old, from 2002 to 2005. An indictment accuses him of having the girls brought to him to sexually abuse in his New York and Florida mansions.
When he was arrested Saturday after flying to a New York-area airport on a private plane from France, federal agents raided his Manhattan residence and seized many pieces of evidence, according to court records.
In their bail memorandum, prosecutors told Judge Henry Pitman that despite Epstein’s previous sex crime conviction involving an underage victim, Epstein has “continued to maintain a vast trove of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls in his Manhattan mansion.”
A search of that home found “hundreds — and perhaps thousands — or sexually suggestive photographs of fully- or partially nude females,” the filing said. “Some … appear to be of underage girls.”
There is “no combination of” bail conditions “that would reasonably assure his continued appearance in this case or protect the safety of the community where he to be released,” prosecutors wrote.
“There is an extraordinary risk of flight, particularly given the defendant’s exhorbitant wealth, his ownership of and access to private planes campable of international travel, and his significant international ties,” prosecutors said.
Pitman is set to hold a hearing on Epstein’s possible bail on Monday.