Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender. Epstein began his professional life as a teacher, then changing to the banking and finance sector in various roles. During his financial career, he became a multimillionaire. Until his conviction for sex crimes in 2008, he had contact with many people among the world's financial, political, and cultural elite.
In April 2005, police in Palm Beach, Florida began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he had molested her 14-year-old daughter. After an investigation, prosecution, and plea negotiations, Epstein pleaded guilty and was convicted by a Florida state court of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring an underage girl for prostitution on June 30, 2008. He served almost 13months in custody, with work release, as part of a plea deal; federal officials had identified 36girls, some as young as 14 years old, whom Epstein had molested.