'As TFTP reported this week, billionaire hedge fund manager and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on Saturday and made his first court appearance Monday for sex trafficking minors. While this news was certainly welcoming to those who have been following the case, it exposed a rather troubling practice by the NYPD when it comes to tracking convicted billionaire child rapists.
After Epstein was convicted as a child rapist in 2011, he was ordered by the court — as part of his sentencing — to check in with police as a registered sex offender every 90 days. Over the course of eight years since he was convicted, this amounts to 34 check-ins — exactly zero of which Epstein made.
As the NY Post reports:
After being labeled a worst-of-the-worst, Level 3 sex offender in 2011, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.
Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.
Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.
But the NYPD hasn’t required the billionaire financier — who owns a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse — to check in since he registered as a sex offender in New York over the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion.
Several current and former high-ranking NYPD officials were shocked to learn from The Post that the department had given Epstein a pass on his periodic check-ins, with one saying, “It makes no sense.”
“The NYPD can’t modify a court order,” a source said. “If the judge says he has to report here, he has to report here.”
However, that is exactly what appears to have been happening.'
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