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Beginning his finance career at Bear Stearns, while later forming his very own firm, Jeffrey Epstein lived life as a very powerful multi-millionaire who lived among different elite groups financially, culturally, and politically before his conviction for sex crimes in 2008. The case began as of 2005 when the police department of Palm Beach, Florida investigated a mother’s claim that Epstein had molested her 14-year-old daughter. As the investigation progressed and more evidence was brought to the table, Epstein pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2008 of soliciting a prostitute and procuring an underage girl for prostitution. Epstein was forced to serve 13 months in custody in conjunction with work release.
Unsurprisingly to his 2008 conviction, Epstein continued with his endeavors in regards to sex trafficking minors and was arrested once again on July 6, 2019, at the Terebro Airport in New Jersey on federal charges for the exact same reason. Witnesses and sources spoke in part to the events that evolved during the day, stating how around a dozen FBI agents forced their entry into Epstein’s Manhattan home with search warrants. Riddled with evidence, FBI found items and information that linked Epstein to committing crimes of sex trafficking, which contained hundreds, if not thousands, of things such as sexually explicit photographs of either fully or partially nude women; some of the photos as well were of underage women. With the opening of his locked safe, officials discovered compact discs with handwritten labels with a format: “Young (Name) + (Name)”, and even “Misc nudes 1”. On top of this, the FBI also uncovered his fraudulent Austrian passport which provided evidence of his travels to France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia. On July 8, prosecutors from the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York charged Epstein with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. Documents claimed there to have been over 40 underage girls brought to the Epstein mansion for sexual encounters. In order to try and protect Epstein, his lawyers pleaded with Judge Kenneth Marra to post bail, while offering amounts up to $600 million dollars so that Epstein could submit to house arrest in his New York mansion. Despite these efforts, the judge denied his request on July 18 because he was labeled a danger to the public and a legitimate flight risk to avoid prosecution.
On July 23, Epstein was discovered by workers at the jail, injured and semiconscious on the floor of his cell. These injuries made officials suspicious of assault from another cellmate or even a suicide attempt, neither of which have been ruled out. His cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, 51, has denied any involvement with the marks on Epstein’s neck according to his lawyer. Jennifer Araoz, who is a victim accusing Epstein of childhood rape, is seeking depose Esptein in order to figure out the identity of the woman who apparently recruited her near the Talen Unlimited High School and was involved in the , “grooming” process so that Epstein could sexually assault Araoz.
Not only has Epstein been involved in underage sex trafficking but has also been heavily involved with the company Victoria Secret, as its financial manager and right hand to its chief executive officer, Leslie Wexner. Epstein completely influenced the lingerie industry by associating with the division’s chief marketing officer, Ed Razek. Razek was introduced to women at Epstein’s mansion who said they were working as models for Epstein. Razek described them as, “major league” to his guest William Mook, head of Mok Industries LLC. In combination with Epstein’s involvement with Victoria’s Secret and society’s #MeToo movement, which has increasingly promoted values that—in part—oppose the business model of Victoria’s Secret, the company has suffered the loss of billions of dollars in market value.
Defense against Sexual Assault?
In order to begin understanding how someone would defend themselves in a sexual assault case, one must know what sexual assault is. It refers to non-consensual or unwanted sexual contact such as, but not limited to, grabbing or groping; however, excluding sexual assault, while it can also be referred to as rape, sexual abuse, and even sexual battery depending on what state you are in. Based off of the severity of the victim’s allegations, sexual assault can potentially be classified as a felony, which is why the pre-trial phase of preparation is crucial to a successful defense. It is most common for these cases to be a, “he said” or, “she said” dilemma. As an effect of this, a detailed investigation is required. Credibility in combination with expert witnesses are frequently useful tools that can help offset the odds towards the defense. Just the accusation itself, not even the conviction, of sexual assault can detrimentally affect one’s reputation, personal relationships, and career. Convicted people of sexual assault can often face a lifetime registration as a sex offender and harsh criminal penalties; a sexual assault conviction in tandem with public records will allow neighbors and even employers to see this label forever.
A possible defense strategy of sexual assault is the utilization of experts such as psychologists, medical experts, private investigators, and an attorney who can employ these resources to fashion the most effective defense possible to try and save your life and reputation. At Monder Law, we will go to extreme lengths in order to secure the best possible outcome in regards to your case so that you don’t face severe punishments. Attorney Vik Monder is a San Diego native who has not only defended, but also went above and beyond countless clients’ expectations who have been presented with sexual assault charges. Monder Law’s powerful legal defense offers the best attorney while also at an affordable price. Vik Monder’s preparation and success rate for criminal cases are a true testament to his highly regarded reputation as one of San Diego’s best criminal defense lawyers. If you feel that we can help you with your case, give us a call!