From the Archives: Jeffrey Epstein coverage from 2007 to 2009 from WPTV

Posted at 1:26 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 14:24:25-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Years before multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein was charged by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York with sex trafficking of minors, his case in Palm Beach County made headlines for years.

Ultimately, he plead guilty to state charges of one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution with a minor. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail, followed by a year of community control or house arrest. He became a registered sex offender.

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He served just 13 months, and was granted work release that allowed him to leave the county jail for 12 hours a day, six days a week.

Below, a look back at our coverage of the case from 2007 to 2009, which covers the time from his guilty plea to his release from jail.

September, 2007: Epstein returns to West Palm Beach as his legal strategy backfires.

January, 2008: Experts say Jeffrey Epstein's resources and legal team helped him delay justice and kept him out of jail for years..

April, 2008: Epstein returns from Israel before pleading guilty. Some question why he was allowed to keep his passport.

June, 2008: Jeffrey Epstein pleads guilty to felony solicitation of prostitutes and procuring persons under 18 for prostitution.

December, 2008: Lawsuit by one of Epstein's alleged victims puts case back in the headlines.

December, 2008: Jeffrey Epstein's arrangement to be released for 12 hours a day, six days a week, prompts outrage and allegations of special treatment.

May, 2009: "Jane Doe" sues Jeffrey Epstein for $50 million. She says between the ages of 14 and 17 she performed erotic massages for Epstein two dozen times.

June, 2009: Epstein's alleged victims argue that records from his case should be unsealed.

June, 2009: Judge Jeffrey Colbath grants motion to unseal documents, giving victims hope that details will shed light on government's deal with Epstein.

July, 2009: Epstein walks out of the Palm Beach County Jail after serving 13 months of his 18 month sentence.

September, 2009: Jeffrey Epstein is deposed by one of his accuser's lawyers. He walks out when he is asked about his "egg-shaped penis."


Epstein remains in custody in New York after a federal judge denied his request to be freed on bail. The judge called Epstein a "danger to others and to the community by clear and convincing evidence," as well as a flight risk.