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Manhattan DA's Office Asked Judge To Lower Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Offender Status In 2011
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Manhattan DA's Office Asked Judge To Lower Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Offender Status In 2011

(CNN)As part of multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein's so-called "deal of a lifetime," he was required to register as a sex offender in states where he lived, including in New York.

Jeffrey Epstein operated a vast sex-trafficking network of underage girls, prosecutors say The DA's office says that argument was a mistake based on a legal misunderstanding, and that the office later agreed with the judge's determination. Still, the issue fits a broader critique of how authorities have handled cases involving rich and well-connected figures like Epstein. The hedge fund manager had previously evaded similar sex trafficking charges when he secured a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in Miami more than a decade ago. Instead, he pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges, served 13 months in prison and had to register as a sex offender. That arrangement has faced sharp criticism in the wake of a Miami Herald investigation that looked into how and why prosecutors -- led by now-Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta -- gave Epstein the "deal of a lifetime," even though a federal investigation identified 36 of his underage victims. The indictment unsealed Monday accuses Epstein of running a trafficking enterprise from 2002 to 2005 in which he paid hundreds of dollars to girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his homes in Manhattan and in Palm Beach and that he paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse. Manhattan DA says this was a legal error