Epstein, who a decade ago received a lenient plea deal after being accused of paying girls for sexual massages in Florida, is expected to appear in a NY court Monday.
The new charges add a significant new wrinkle to the considerable political and legal saga surrounding Epstein.
But back in 2008, Epstein made a sweetheart deal ― which was approved by Alexander Acosta, then USA attorney in Miami ― in which he pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges, registered as a sex offender and received very little jail time.
His case was the subject of an investigation by the Miami Herald, which detailed how then-U.
In 2007, Epstein faced a 53-page federal indictment which could have sent him to prison for life, but with the help of now-U.S.
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Attorney Alan Dershowitz, the Miami Herald Co., and independent blogger Michael Cernovich sought the unsealing of records in the case.
The new arrest come amid renewed scrutiny of that once-secret deal that ended a federal investigation and allowed Epstein to plead guilty to lesser state charges. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the specific counts remain under seal.
Epstein, 66, is expected to be arraigned in federal court in NY on Monday on charges that he molested dozens of underage girls in NY and in Florida, the sources said. "With his money, Epstein was able to buy more than a decade of delay in facing justice - but fortunately he wasn't able to postpone justice forever".
"It's been a long time coming-it's been too long coming", David Boies, an attorney who represents a pair of Epstein accusers, said in a statement to the Daily Beast.
Epstein, 66, has always been alleged to having assembled what the Miami Herald has called "a large, cult-like network of underage girls - with the help of young female recruiters - to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion".
In November, the Miami Herald reported that when Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was a USA attorney in Florida, he gave Epstein the "deal of a lifetime".