Jeffrey Epstein in 2004.
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An air traffic control saw wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein getting off his private plane in the U.S. Virgin Islands with women who seemed to be 11 to 12 years old in 2018, a year before Epstein was indicted on child sex trafficking charges, recently demonstrated government records show.
Epstein, who’s now dead, on other occasions has been seen in the St. Thomas airport in the latter half of 2018 becoming “off the plane with young girls,” including at least one other time when the air traffic control saw him with a woman who appeared to be between 16 and 18 years old, documents reveal.
The air traffic control told U.S. Marshals Service researchers about Epstein traveling with underage girls on July 10, 2019, a week after Epstein was arrested at a New Jersey airport on child sex trafficking charges.
The exact same government records show that six months before Epstein was detained, the Marshals Service began investigating whether the registered sex offender had violated federal law by failing to disclose all of the countries he visited.
One record indicates that Epstein not only neglected to inform officials of two other nations he ended up seeing, but that he notified them of his planned traveling only four days before he planned to leave the United States — that was 17 times less than the minimum amount of notice that he had been required by law to give.
The documents released by the Justice Department and Marshals Service were revealed by the site MuckRock, which specializes in creating public record requests and detailing their outcomes.
On Wednesday, French national police published a charm on Twitter for sufferers of Epstein and witnesses to potential crimes by him, such as rape of minors, come forward to assist an investigation in this country. Three victims already have contacted French authorities, the Paris prosecutor’s office said, according to the Associated Press.
Epstein, 66, expired in August from what authorities have ruled a suicide by hanging at a federal jail in new york. Epstein, a former friend of President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, was being held without bond as he awaited trial in his case. His death remains under investigation by numerous agencies.
Among the documents released through MuckRock suggests that Epstein had no mental health issues or suicidal tendencies in the time of his arrest in July.
However, the Marshals Service detention report detailing Epstein’s 33 days in custody in the Manhattan Correctional Center says he’d “mental concerns” and “suicidal tendencies” throughout his incarceration.
Epstein was discovered in late July on the floor of his cell with marks on his throat . He was put on suicide watch for under a week. Weeks later, he hanged himself, police have said.
An indictment issued in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York accused Epstein of sexually abusing dozens of little women from 2002 to 2005 in his gigantic townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and in his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein, who had pleaded not guilty in that case, had pleaded guilty in 2008 into a Florida state charge of procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution. He served 13 months in custody for that earlier case and was asked to register as a sex offender.
Epstein had a renowned penchant for young girls and women, and an obsession with getting “massages” from them a few times per day. Prosecutors say those massages occasionally, if not always, included sexual contact.
Prosecutors have said they are continuing to investigate the situation , noting that Epstein was alleged to have been aided by conspirators who supplied him with a flow of women to meet his illicit cravings.
“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Attorney General William Barr said in late August.
“The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”
Based on some Marshals Service report on Jan. 8 this year, prosecutors in the Southern District of New York had contacted the Marshals regarding the risk that Epstein — who had been known to travel abroad frequently using private planes –“might not have reported his International travel as required by International Megan’s Law.”
That federal law demands “all registered sex offenders to report international travel to their respective sex offender registry at least 21 days prior to departure from the United States.”
Another Marshals report notes that on March 15, Epstein visited the Department of Justice’s office on the island of St. Thomas, not far from his own private island, also talked to some “Sex Offender Registry Coordinator.”
“During this meeting Epstein signed the Notification of Duty to Report to travel,” the report stated.
That notification indicated that Epstein intended to go to France from March 19 — only four days after the notification was signed through March 29 with his private jet.
“No other countries were listed on the notification form,” the report stated.
But “according to a public website that tracks flight activity, Epstein traveled on March 22, 2019, to Vienna, Austria, and on March 27, 2019, to Monaco,” the report stated.
“These countries are not listed on the notification form,” the report stated.
A report dated June 24, less than two weeks before Epstein was detained, states that Marshals Service investigators met with an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, whose series of tales about Epstein have been credited with sparking the interest of national prosecutors in New York.
The author, whose name was redacted, told researchers that “she has an informant who worked at the airport and the informant stated that she has seen Epstein walking with girls under the age of 18 within the last seven months.”
“Her informant has witnessed the girls board a helicopter at his island (Little St. James) and fly to the airport to board Epstein’s private plane,” the report stated.
On July 10, a Marshals inspector contacted an air traffic control in the St. Thomas airport whose amount was supplied by the Herald reporter, a record reveals.
That control told the inspector that between June 2018 and November “she has seen Epstein get off the plan with young girls,” and remembered two particular times, “with the first being two girls who appeared to be eleven (11) to twelve (12) years old,” the report states. “Another time a girl looked to be” 16 to 18 years old, the report stated.
Another report stated that a Marshals inspector at mid-July talked to a federal prosecutor in the Virgin Islands about submitting a request for information regarding Epstein to police in “France, Austria and Morocco,” and spoke with the Customs and Border Protection agency about obtaining flight logs and documents from Epstein’s personal plane.
On July 22, the inspector filed an application for a search warrant to a prosecutor for Epstein’s telephone number he recorded for his international travel, with the hopes of becoming “information that may provide insight to countries Epstein visited.”
On Aug. 5, the inspector”received data from the [Federal Aviation Authority],” that “reveal numerous more Countries of international travel by Epstein’s jet,” a report mentioned.
“The investigation continues,” the report concluded.
Five days later, Epstein died.
On Aug. 19, a report noted that the Marshals’ query into Epstein’s journey was closed due to his death.