The office of the Manhattan district attorney was reportedly aware of graphic and detailed evidence against the Florida financier and accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein (above) when a public prosecutor argued for leniency during his 2011 hearing on sexual crimes
The Manhattan district attorney's office was reportedly aware of graphic and detailed evidence against Florida financier and accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein when a prosecutor pleaded for leniency during his registration session for sex offenders in 2011.
A new, non-closed message from The New York Post on Thursday revealed that prior to that hearing, the then deputy chief of Sex Crimes, Jennifer Gaffney, received a confidential assessment from the state in which Epstein was considered very dangerous and likely to continue preying on young girls.
Although the assessment showed that Epstein should be classified as a level three offender, the most restrictive category for the most dangerous, Gaffney argued that he should be classified as a very perpetrator, the least restrictive.
The office of the public prosecutor reportedly admitted eight months after the hearing in his own appeal, which The Post accused of denying.
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A new, non-closed message from The New York Post on Thursday revealed that prior to that hearing, then Deputy Head of Sex Crimes, Jennifer Gaffney (above), received a confidential assessment from the state that Epstein considered highly dangerous and likely to to keep looking after young girls. She went against the state's recommendations and argued that Epstein should be considered a perpetrator at the very highest level, the least restrictive categorization, instead of level three, the most restrictive
The assessment was conducted by the New York State Examiners or Sex Offenders, who evaluated the confirmed accounts of dozens of young girls between 14 and 17 years of age who had had sexual contact with Epstein on his Palm Beach compound between 2005 and 2006. .
Authorities say the victims have been recruited and paid up to $ 1,000 to give the billionaire erotic massages, including sexual contact, sexual intercourse, and rape.
Epstein eventually pleaded guilty to abusing only one of the girls in Palm Beach, and had to register as a sex offender in New York because he has a house in Manhattan.
The letter obtained by The Post claims that prosecutors in New York knew that Epstein had a score of 130 on his risk assessment, which is well above the 110 qualification level for level three & # 39; lies.
Epstein eventually received a level three designation after Ruth Pickholz court of the Manhattan Supreme Court deviated from the Gaffney recommendation.
& # 39; Our prosecutor made a mistake & # 39 ;, Danny Frost, Manhattan spokesman, DA Cyrus Vance Jr., told The Post in December after it was revealed that Epstein had signed a non-prosecution agreement with what was then Miami Office US Attorney Alexander Acosta to secretly fight a federal investigation into sexual abuse involving at least 40 teenage girls who could have brought him behind bars for life.
Epstein can be seen in February for the first time since April 2016 on exclusive DailyMail.com photos
Questions about the deal with Epstein came up after a series of lawsuits were filed by two of his alleged victims.
The women, identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, claim in the lawsuits that they were unaware of the secret deal between the defense team and prosecutors in 2007 that guaranteed federal charges would not be brought against Epstein, 63, who had can lead to a long prison sentence for the millionaire.
They filed their lawsuit a few months after Epstein received his mild verdict in 2008, with their lawyers saying that the US law firm violated the Federal Crime Victims Act by not talking to Epstein & # 39; s victims about the details of his plea agreement.
The two victims who complained were 13 and 14 at the time of the abuse.
In December, it was announced that Epstein had signed a non-prosecution deal in 2008 with then American lawyer Alexander Acosta (above) to secretly end a federal investigation into sexual abuse involving at least 40 teenage girls who were the billionaire behind bars. could have gotten for life
This submission contained more than 140 exhibits, including emails between the Epstein defense team, the US prosecutor's office and former Attorney General Barry Krischer, who, according to lawyers, clearly demonstrate that victims have been left in the dark.
Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell, who were claiming on behalf of the women, stated earlier that they hoped that the American district judge Kenneth Marra would not force the case to appear before the judge, but that, given what they think was an overwhelming rule of evidence in favor of the two victims.
& # 39; There is good reason to believe that if the prosecutors had uncovered their transactions by Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 and other victims, they would not have reached such a sweet deal, & # 39; is the motion.
& # 39; Despite the fact that there have been more than seven years of conduct in this case, disputing hundreds of files, the government is not even writing out any sentence explaining why it entered into a NPA (non-publicae agreement) with a sex offender who had committed hundreds of federal sex offenses against young girls. & # 39;
The motion also says that the deal that Epstein received & # 39; one of the most exceptionally indulgent pleas in American history & # 39; is.
Epstein already arranged both of these cases in December before the victims could testify in court.
The Palm Beach police received the information they had collected from the federal authorities about the victims of Epstein in November 2006, after investigating the case about a year after a first appeal in March 2005 by a woman who claimed that her daughter, 14 $ 300 was paid give Epstein a massage in only her underwear.
Local authorities also submitted a statement of probable cause in May 2006. They claimed that there was sufficient evidence to burden Epstein four times with illegal sex with minors and one count of molestation.
Eventually, these charges were transferred to a grand jury, despite the recommendation from the police, who came back with only one charge against Epstein – a prostitution crime request.
On June 30, 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to a charge from the state to invite a minor girl to prostitution, and ultimately only served 13 months of his 18-month sentence.
That time was not served in a prison, but rather in the Palm Beach Stockade, a local detention center.
Epstein was also allowed to leave six days a week to work out his office in West Palm Beach in his time behind bars.
After his release, he had to register as a sex offender.