Florida-based billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly arrested Saturday night on new charges related to the sex trafficking of minors. The Miami Herald reports federal agents then broke down the door to his Manhattan apartment to execute search warrants.
The arrest comes more than a decade after Epstein avoided similar charges. Epstein sexually abused dozens of underage girls between 1999 and 2007. But he struck a non-prosecution agreement in 2008 with the U.S. Attorney's office to avoid federal charges. As part of the deal, he pleaded guilty to just two prostitution counts in state court. He served 13 months in a county jail facility that allowed him to leave six days a week to work out of his office.
A report from the Miami Herald in November said the deal "essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe" and granted immunity to other people potentially involved in the case. A federal judge ruled that the agreement was illegal, but two weeks ago the Justice Department said it will not throw it out.
Law enforcement sources told CNN the new charges involve crimes committed between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Florida. Epstein will appear in court Monday.