Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered Florida to take over a felony probe into the phrases of millionaire intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein’s slap-on-the-wrist plea deal and work-release sentence in 2007.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct a “preliminary inquiry into misconduct and allegations that transcend the reported considerations with Jeffrey Epstein’s work launch,” DeSantis wrote in a letter to the division on Tuesday, additionally tasking them with taking up the felony probe into that work launch.
Explaining that Palm Beach County legislation enforcement had dealt with the unique investigation and contemporary eyes have been wanted, DeSantis additionally assigned State Attorney Bruce Colton, whose Nineteenth Circuit doesn’t embody Epstein’s Palm Beach house, to the case.
The inquiry will try to reply questions on how Epstein was capable of get away with sexually abusing what the FBI on the time claimed have been at the least 36 teenage ladies and stroll away with nothing greater than a 13-month sentence that allowed him to depart the jail throughout the day. He was even allowed to fly his non-public airplane to New York, Boston, and his non-public island with out having to inform his probation officers what he was doing or who he was assembly, in response to the Palm Beach Post.
It was Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw who begged DeSantis handy the case to the state, insisting “the public curiosity would greatest be served by an FDLE-led investigation inspecting each facet of the Epstein case, from court docket sentencing to incarceration.” Bradshaw pledged the “cooperation and participation” of Palm Beach legislation enforcement within the state investigation.
Epstein pleaded responsible to soliciting underage prostitutes in 2007 and registered as a intercourse offender in change for immunity from federal expenses for himself and his accomplices, in a non-prosecution deal that has been harshly criticized in mild of the reopening of the investigation.