Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein found dead in jail

NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his cell in the Manhattan jail where he is awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Epstein was found dead at 7:30 a.m. at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. Reports say that Epstein hanged himself in his jail cell at an unknown time.

The medical examiner’s office in Manhattan confirmed the financier’s death.

The former law enforcement official said Epstein was found dead Saturday morning at the Manhattan Correctional Center. The official had been briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.

Epstein’s arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.

Epstein, 66, was set to stand trial for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of minor girls in Florida and New York, and plead not guilty to one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking. Epstein faced a maximum sentence of 45 years if he had been found guilty.

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