Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein mug shot.jpg
Epstein's July 2006 mugshot
Jeffrey Edward Epstein

(1953-01-20)January 20, 1953
DiedAugust 10, 2019(2019-08-10) (aged 66)
ResidenceNew York City
Palm Beach, Florida
Stanley, New Mexico
Paris, France
U.S. Virgin Islands
EducationCooper Union
(no degree)
New York University
(no degree)
Owner, Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation
Criminal chargeSex offender, Sex trafficking
Criminal penalty13 months with work release (2008)

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender.[1][2] 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.[3]

In April 2005, police in Palm Beach, Florida began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he had molested her 14-year-old daughter.[4] 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.[5] He served almost 13 months in custody, with work release, as part of a plea deal; federal officials had identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, whom Epstein had molested.[6][7]

Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York.[8][9] He died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019.[10][11][12][13][14]

Early life

Aerial view of Epstein's childhood neighborhood of Sea Gate, Brooklyn.

Epstein was born in 1953 in the New York City borough of Brooklyn to Jewish parents[15][16] Pauline (née Stolofsky, 1918–2004)[17] and Seymour G. Epstein (1916–1991).[18] His parents were married in 1952, shortly before his birth.[18] Pauline worked as a school aide and was a homemaker.[18][19] Seymour Epstein worked for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as a groundskeeper and gardener.[18][15] Jeffrey Epstein was the older of two siblings. Epstein and his brother Mark grew up in the middle-class neighborhood of Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brooklyn.[19]

Epstein attended local public schools, first Public School 188 and then Mark Twain Junior High School nearby.[19] In 1967, Epstein attended the National Music Camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.[20] He was a talented musician who learned to play the piano when he was five.[21] He graduated in 1969 from Lafayette High School at age 16, having skipped two grades.[22][23] Later that year, he attended classes at Cooper Union until he changed colleges in 1971.[22] From September 1971, he attended the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, but left without receiving a degree in June 1974.[22][23]

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