/Financier Jeffrey Epstein arrested on sex-trafficking charges

Financier Jeffrey Epstein arrested on sex-trafficking charges

Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein has been previously pleaded guilty to solicitation charges. | Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images

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07/06/2019 10:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK — Law enforcement officials say that wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York on sex-trafficking charges.

Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday on charges involving allegations that date to the 2000s. Epstein is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court.

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The new arrest come amid renewed scrutiny of that once-secret deal that ended a federal investigation and allowed Epstein to plead guilty to lesser state charges.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta confronted a barrage of tough questions on Capitol Hill in April about the 2008 plea agreement he negotiated as U.S. attorney for southern Florida.

Epstein has previously pleaded guilty to solicitation charges. His arrest was first reported by The Daily Beast. A message was sent to his attorney seeking comment.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case.

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