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Jeffrey Epstein Denied Bail In Federal Sex Trafficking Case In NY

The judge sided with prosecutors after they argued that Epstein was a flight risk due to his wealth and influence.
Posted at 2:20 PM, Jul 18, 2019

"Only by taking away the freedom of Jeffrey Epstein can we restore the freedom of these victims. They have been living in fear and intimidation since the day they were abused by him... and now he is in jail," the attorney for accusers of Jeffrey Epstein announced. 

A federal judge in New York denied bail for registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on Thursday.

Epstein was arrested July 6 and charged with sex trafficking of minors, as well as conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

Earlier this week, Epstein's lawyer said his client was willing to pay up to $100 million in bail to live under house arrest in his $77 million townhouse pending trial.

Federal prosecutors, as well as two of Epstein's accusers, urged Judge Richard Berman to deny his release from jail. Berman sided with prosecutors after they argued that due to Epstein's wealth and influence, he might try to flee the country or tamper with the investigation if he got bail.

Epstein's case has drawn attention because over a decade ago he spent 13 months in jail over similar allegations. He was allowed to leave for up to 12-hours at a time under a controversial work-release program. Last week, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned over terms of the plea deal he struck with Epstein when he was serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.