The Miami Herald just published a bombshell investigative series revealing that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta violated federal law as a prosecutor to help deliver an illegal sweetheart deal to convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein after he got caught red-handed molesting over a hundred underaged girls.
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Alex Acosta was the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida when he gave Epstein a non-prosecution agreement after a multi-year investigation by the Palm Beach Police’s investigator called a “sexual pyramid scheme.”
Only this pyramid scheme involved child sex trafficking and potentially would’ve entangled luminaries like Donald Trump, Fox News contributor and Epstein attorney Alan Dershowitz, British royal Prince Andrew, and even former President Bill Clinton, all of whom were protected by Acosta’s prosecutorial misconduct without being explicitly named.
Federal law requires prosecutors to notify crime victims under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, but Acosta deliberately avoided sending the mandatory notices and handed Epstein a non-prosecution agreement that let him avoid nearly all punishment for his crimes. The Miami Herald’s Julie K. Brown reports:
On a muggy October morning in 2007, Miami’s top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, had a breakfast appointment with a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz… [and] a deal was struck — an extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the full extent of Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved.
Not only would Epstein serve just 13 months in the county jail, but the deal — called a non-prosecution agreement— essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes.
Brown’s detailed investigation located 60 of the women Epstein victimized and got four out of the eight women who agreed to be interviewed to speak on camera.
Her reporting includes the Palm Beach Police’s never-before-seen investigative files and exclusive, first-time interviews with the former Chief and his lead detective, who passed away suddenly shortly after speaking to the Herald.
At the time, Jeffrey Epstein had hired what Alex Acosta called an “army of legal superstars” to badger prosecutors at every turn, but detectives on the case amassed a collection of hard evidence of his scheme to recruit underage girls for sex.
Under federal law, there’s no such thing as child prostitution, because minors are not able to give consent, and under Florida’s state law the age of consent is 18. Epstein paid his victims, mostly high school girls from broken families, token amounts of money after luring them in to give what they thought were merely paid “massages.”
But Acosta’s secret deal didn’t just violate federal law, leading to a lawsuit against the government that’s still pending in court all of these years later. It also allowed Epstein to smear his victims as “prostitutes” in his state court plea arrangement, according to the Herald:
The pact required Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges.
But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators’’ who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes.
He served 13 months in a private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade. His alleged co-conspirators, who helped schedule his sex sessions, were never prosecuted.
After Acosta let Jeffrey Epstein quietly plead guilty to a state prostitution offense instead of child sex trafficking or statutory rape, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s department stepped in to bend over backward to make those 13 months as easy as possible.
Because Alex Acosta’s plea allowed Epstein to stay in a county jail instead of a state or federal prison, he was permitted to go on work release 12 hours per day, six days a week to a well-appointed private office where he enjoyed complete privacy and visits from his female co-conspirators.
Sex offenders are not supposed to be allowed to have work release according to Palm Beach County’s rules of incarceration, but Epstein paid for his police escort and got his way. When it came time for him to serve a year of house arrest, courts allowed him to fly to his homes in the Virgin Islands and Manhattan.
Alex Acosta’s Cabinet Secretary job in the Trump Administration places him in charge of the federal government’s human trafficking prevention efforts and child labor law enforcement.
Now, it appears that Acosta may have gotten that job by protecting his boss, Donald Trump, from getting entangled in a massive child-sex ring operating so close to Mar-a-Lago that it even swept up a 15-year-old employee of the private club.
Next week, a major civil court trial against Epstein for his sexual predation is set to go to trial in a Palm Beach County, Florida courtroom.
This 12-minute video includes interviews with Epstein’s victims: