Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Defends His Handling Of Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal

Florida News

Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defended a 2008 plea agreement he oversaw as a U.S. attorney in Florida in which multimillionaire and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein got a light sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to state charges. “Facts are important, and facts are being overlooked,” Acosta told reporters at a news conference Wednesday. Acosta has come under heavy scrutiny now that federal prosecutors in New York have brought a new case against Epstein, charging him with serious crimes , including sex trafficking of minors. If found guilty, Epstein could face up to 45 years in prison. In 2007, Epstein was accused of recruiting dozens of girls, some as young as 13, for massages and sex at his mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. Under the terms of the 2008 deal , Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of solicitation of prostitution (one with a minor under age 18) and was required to register as a sex offender. He was given immunity from federal prosecution,

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