Prosecutors on Monday announced sex trafficking charges against financier Jeffrey Epstein, also revealing nude photographs of apparently underage girls were found at his mansion.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman in a press conference on Monday said that after Epstein was taken into custody, federal agents executed a search warrant at his New York mansion, seizing evidence "including nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls."
Epstein has been charged with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, with prosecutors saying on Monday he is "alleged to have abused dozens of victims," all of whom were underage and were given "hundreds of dollars in cash" after these alleged encounters. Epstein created an "ever-expanding web of new victims," prosecutors also said.
During this conference, Berman provided an FBI number that additional alleged victims of Epstein were encouraged to call.
"Your bravery might just empower others to speak out about crimes committed against them," FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney said. "It’s important to remember there never was, nor will there be, an excuse for this kind of behavior."