Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:59 pm
Jeffrey Epstein, Convicted Sex Offender, Died by Committing Suicide in Jail
Jeffrey Epstein, a Jewish-American financier, and registered sex offender who was convicted of sex crimes, reportedly hanged himself in Manhattan prison cell. He died on 10 August 2019 at the age of 66. He was arrested on 6 July 2019 on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. His death is initially presumed suicide but the medical examiner's office announced that they are trying to gather more information after autopsy. An autopsy was performed on 11 August 2019. Three weeks prior to his death, he was found unconscious in his prison cell with injuries to his neck. Thus, he was placed on suicide watch. Just within a week being placed on a suicide watch, he reportedly hanged himself.
Has Jeffrey Epstein Served Jail Time Before?
The 66-years old Epstein had already served 13 months in prison with work release back in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to a state charge (one of two) of procuring for prostitution a girl below age 18. Federal officials had identified 36 girls as young as 14 years old who had been molested. He allegedly held several women as sex slaves including underage girls. He was the one running an underage prostitution ring for well-connected financial, political, and cultural high profile personalities. Prince Andrew, Duke of York was one of the high profile personalities dragged into Epstein sex scandal.
Several women came forward one after another and alleged Epstein of sex crimes.
Why was Jeffrey Epstein Arrested Again?
Having already served jail time earlier in 2008, he was still involved in high profile sex trafficking. He was arrested on 6 July 2019 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on sex trafficking charges. FBI found numerous evidence of sex trafficking including sexually suggestive photographs of women and confirmed underage girls at his Manhattan townhouse. He was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex on 8 July. Judge Richard M. Berman of US District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the bail request on 18 July saying that Epstein posed a danger to the public and a serious flight risk to avoid prosecution.