New York police let Jeffrey Epstein skip court-ordered check-ins for 8 years

The New York Police Department failed to enforce a 2011 court order for convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to check in with law enforcement every 90 days.

Epstein missed 34 check-ins before his arrest Saturday on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, according to the New York Post. As a Level 3 sex offender, Epstein was required to check in with NYPD to confirm the address of his $77 million New York house or risk violating the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act.

In a January 2011 court hearing, New York state Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz rejected the defense attorney’s arguments that because Epstein’s New York home is a “vacation residence,” he should be exempt from the statute.

“I am sorry he may have to come here every 90 days,” Pickholz said. “He can give up his New York home if he does not want to come every 90 days.”

Police officials and state prosecutors give conflicting reasons why Epstein was allowed to evade the law, which could have been used as grounds to arrest the 66-year-old hedge fund manager.

Staff Writer
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