A new report revealed Wednesday night that the New York Police Department allowed convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to ditch his court-ordered sex-offender check-ins over the past eight years.
What are the details?
The New York Post reported that Epstein was "labeled a worst-of-the-worst, Level 3 sex offender in 2011," and a judge required him to check in every 90 days with the NYPD to verify his address under New York's 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act. That means the embattled billionaire should have stopped by the department's Sex Offender Monitoring Unit in person 34 times since his earlier conviction.
Skipping out on just one check-in is a felony, which could land an offender behind bars for four years on the first offense.
But Epstein "never once" complied, and the NYPD reportedly did not press the issue. According to the Post, the NYPD cop assigned to the case, the department's SOMU (responsible for enforcing Epstein's compliance), and prosecutors are now involved in a blame game over who should have — or did — monitor the convict.
The NYPD previously said Epstein didn't have to check in with New York City authorities because he claims residency on a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. But a judge ruled otherwise, and the unnamed officer who watches Epstein reportedly complained repeatedly to the district attorney's office that the convict has not followed through with the court's orders.
That claim was backed up by an NYPD spokeswoman who told the Washington Post earlier this year that Epstein never had checked in. The NYPD declined to comment on that assertion — highlighting confusion and contradiction within the department.
Further complicating the matter, the anonymous cop assigned to Epstein claims prosecutors instructed them to simply send Epstein a letter to remind him of his court-ordered duties. But a spokesperson for District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. denied that, telling the New York Post that the NYPD "has repeatedly told us that Mr. Epstein was in full compliance with the law."
Jeffrey Epstein is accused of sexually exploiting dozens of underage females, and was charged Monday as a sex trafficker and pedophile, Bloomberg reported.
The high-profile financier has past ties to former President Bill Clinton, current President Donald Trump, and a slew of other powerful names in Washington, Hollywood, and beyond.
Following Esptein's recent arrest, President Clinton issued a statement distancing himself from his former friend, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Tuesday that President Trump hasn't spoken with the disgraced tycoon for at least a decade.