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Billionaire Sentenced to Just 18 Months in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Two Dozen Underage Girls, Victims Win Right to View Negotiations

The victims of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein only saw the predator face 18 months in prison but the women have won the right to view the negotiations that resulted in the well-connected 1 percenter’s lenient sentence.

In 2005, Epstein was arrested after a 14-year-old girl’s stepmother accused the billionaire of paying the girl for an “erotic massage”. The FBI investigated Epstein and found that he was “keeping a harem of women – many of them teenagers – at his luxury homes in New York and Palm Beach, and on a private Caribbean island.”

In 2008, the FBI believed that Epstein had amassed at least 20 victims. The billionaire was able to strike a deal with the prosecutors, however, only pleading guilty to a non-federal charge of procuring a person under 18 for prostitution while the other charges were dropped.

He received an 18 month prison term of which he only served 13 after having originally faced life in prison.

Since then, however, nearly two dozen women, some as young as 14-years-old, have come forward to level civil suits against Epstein. Now, some of these women will have the chance to find out exactly how the billionaire received such a lenient sentence.

Attorney Paul Cassell says “We’re trying to figure out if Epstein used his political connections and great wealth to secure this kind of arrangement, that was unheard of, frankly, if you look at these charges.”

Circuit Judge William H. Pryor says “Not only did the United States neglect to confer with the victims before it entered into the agreement with Epstein, it also failed to notify them of its existence for at least nine months.”

One of Epstein’s many high-paid attorneys argues that the agreement was “reached in good faith” and denies that anything improper took place behind the scenes.

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