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Florida man had meth ‘wedged deep within’ belly button, cops say

A Florida man was arrested Saturday after allegedly hiding his meth stash in a peculiar place: his belly button.

Martin Skelly, a 41-year-old from St. Petersburg, was taken into custody after investigators caught him with a 28-gauge needle full of drugs at a McDonald’s in Clearwater.

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Before he was transported for booking, authorities asked Skelly if he had any other contraband in his possession, warning him he could face additional charges if anything illegal was discovered while he was in jail, The Smoking Gun reported, citing an arrest affidavit.

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Martin Skelly, 41, was hit with additional charges Saturday after cops allegedly found methamphetamine hidden in his belly button as he was being booked into jail. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

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Skelly denied having anything else, but during intake at the Pinellas County Jail, a sheriff’s deputy “discovered a small bag of crystal powder substance wedged deep within [his] belly button cavity.”

The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, officials said. Skelly, a 380-pound, 5-foot-9 man, reportedly told an officer after the drugs were found that he “was just being dumb and not thinking.”

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Skelly was initially arrested for possession of methamphetamine, but after more drugs were found inside his belly button, he was hit with an additional two felony charges for introducing contraband into a correctional facility and narcotics possession.

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Arizona man who sold ammunition to Las Vegas massacre gunman pleads guilty

A man who sold ammunition to the Las Vegas massacre gunman pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Nevada to federal charges related to an illegal ammunition business he operated out of his Arizona home.

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Douglas Haig, 57, was not accused of a direct role in the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 and injured more than 850 at an open-air music festival. Prosecutors never suggested that he had advance knowledge of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Haig acknowledged before U.S. District Judge James Mahan that he had no license to disassemble, remanufacture and reload bullets at his home workshop in Mesa, Ariz. According to investigators, Haig operated an illegal business called Specialized Military Ammunition from July 2016 to Oct. 2017, selling ammunition both online and at gun shows in several states, including Arizona and Nevada, Mercury News reported.

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Douglas Haig leaves the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse, Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas, after pleading guilty to illegally manufacturing tracer and armor-piercing bullets found in a high-rise hotel suite where a gunman took aim before the Las Vegas Strip massacre two years ago. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Law enforcement first began to investigate Haig after discovering unfired .308-caliber (7.62mm) rounds in gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room, the Mercury News reported. Haig’s fingerprints, as well as tool marks from his workshop, were found on two of the rounds, and his address was on a box that police found near Paddock’s body, court documents said.

“Doug had no indication whatsoever about Stephen Paddock’s plans,” defense attorney Marc Victor said during a prepared statement outside U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

Haig acknowledged publicly in 2018 that he sold 720 rounds of tracer ammunition to Paddock in the weeks before the massacre after the two met at a gun show. Tracers illuminate the path of fired bullets, allowing shooters a more precise hit.

Haig closed the business permanently following an FBI raid less than three weeks after the shooting, according to his defense attorney. His plea agreement allowed him to avoid a trial that had been scheduled to begin next month. Haig could have faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His deal could get him about two years at sentencing Feb. 19. Victor said he’ll seek probation.

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The Las Vegas police department’s initial assessment of the shooting reported that 58 people were killed and 869 people were injured, including 413 who were wounded by bullets or shrapnel, the New York Times reported.

Haig’s plea comes after a southern California woman, who was left paralyzed after she was shot in the back during the shooting, died last week. A coroner’s report has yet to be released. If it’s determined she died as a result of the injuries she suffered during the shooting, the death toll will rise to 59.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Missouri woman, 78, accused of killing daughter in hotel in attempted murder-suicide

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A Missouri woman is accused of stabbing her daughter to death on Tuesday in a hotel room before trying to suffocate herself, police said.

Marjorie Theleman, 78, of St. Louis has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to a St. Louis County police news release sent to Fox News.

Theleman took her daughter out of a nursing home on Tuesday and brought her to a hotel room where she stabbed her with a knife, according to the probable cause statement, which added that Theleman then tried to suffocate herself with a plastic bag, but was not successful.

Theleman left a typed note explaining her actions, according to court documents, which did not provide what was written in the note. She also left a hand-written note telling housekeeping to call the police, the probable cause statement said.

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Police said the victim has been identified as 51-year-old Sharon Theleman, who was handicapped.

Officers were called to the Holiday Inn Express on Bowles Avenue in St. Louis County around 12:30 on Tuesday after the two women did not check out of their hotel room, police said.

When officers arrived, they said, they found the 51-year-old suffering from apparent stab wounds. She was pronounced dead on scene.

The 78-year-old was also found at the hotel suffering from a self-inflicted injury and was transported to a local hospital for life-saving treatment, police said.

She is expected to survive and is currently in police custody, according to investigators.

Police told Fox News Theleman is still in the hospital.

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Her bond has been set at $250,000.

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Florida professor who co-wrote book on organized crime charged with money laundering

A Miami professor who co-authored a book on organized crime is accused of laundering millions in dirty money through his private U.S. bank accounts.

Bruce Bagley, 73, was arrested Monday on federal charges that he laundered corruption proceeds from Venezuela.

The University of Miami Professor appeared in Miami federal court and was freed on $300,000 bail. His attorney, Daniel Forman, told the Miami Herald that they planned to “diligently defend his case.”

Bagley co-authored the 2015 book “Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Violence in the Americas Today,” and has testified before Congress and as an expert in court. He was widely regarded by multiple news outlets as the go-to expert on crime in the Americas.

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the FBI’s New York office, said in a release that Bagley profited by helping others launder the proceeds of their crimes.

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Bruce Bagley is professor of international studies at the University of Miami. 

“About the only lesson to be learned from Professor Bagley today is that involving oneself in public corruption, bribery, and embezzlement schemes is going to lead to an indictment,” Sweeney said.

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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in New York said Bagley opened bank accounts specifically to launder money for corrupt foreigners.

“The funds Bagley was allegedly laundering were the proceeds of bribery and corruption, stolen from the citizens of Venezuela,” Berman said.

An indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court said that from November 2017 through April, Bagley agreed to receive about 14 deposits from bank accounts in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates totaling $3 million.

According to the indictment, Bagley transferred the majority of the money into the bank accounts of a co-conspirator to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the funds.

Authorities said Bagley kept a 10 percent commission for himself from the money he laundered.

The University of Miami said in a statement that Bagley was placed on administrative leave.

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“As this is a personal matter in an ongoing investigation, the University has no further comment at this time,” the school said.

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Bagley faces conspiracy to commit money laundering and two money laundering charges. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kentucky high school students allegedly attacked autistic teen in bathroom, leaving him unconscious in pool of blood, reports say

An autistic teen was found in a pool of blood after he was allegedly beaten and knocked unconscious by several students at a Kentucky high school last Thursday, according to local reports.

Court records say three students followed the victim into a bathroom at Louisville’s Iroquois High School while one stood watch at the door.

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Damon Simmons is facing multiple charges in connection with the alleged beating of an autistic high school student. (Louisville Metro Corrections Department)

The court records say the students “beat the victim with their hands and feet until he was knocked unconscious.”

Another student later found the victim lying on the floor in a pool of blood, Louisville’s WAVE 3 reported.

Emergency responders transferred the victim to an area hospital where he underwent surgery to repair his fractured jaw which had several teeth knocked loose, the sheriff’s deputy said.

Damon Simmons, 18, has been arrested in connection with the alleged beating, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. He has been charged with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. Simmons has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

CALIFORNIA STUDENTS CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN BEATING OF 13-YEAR-OLD WHO LATER DIED, REPORTS SAY

Court records indicate he is being held at the Louisville Metro Department of Correction on $25,000 bond.

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The other alleged perpetrators, who are juveniles, are facing first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and second-degree assault – all of which are felonies, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ohio woman pleads guilty to murdering 3 sons, gets decades in prison

An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons due to jealousy at the attention they received from her husband– who was also her mother’s ex-boyfriend– pleaded guilty Tuesday to the boys’ deaths and received a 37-year prison sentence.

Brittany Pilkington was scheduled for trial next year in Bellefontaine, Ohio but since she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and murder, she removed the possibility of being sentenced to death.

Pilkington, 27, originally was charged with murder of 4-month-old Niall in 2014, 4-year-old Gavin in April 2015 and 3-month old Noah in August 2015. In a taped confession from the day Noah died, Pilkington said she’d smothered the boys with their own blankets because they received more attention from her then husband Joseph Pilkington than she and the couple’s daughter did.

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Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, Brittany Pilkington, left.

Joe Pilkington had been at work at the time of all three deaths and had come home to find another one of his sons dead.

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Noah died less than a week after he was returned from protective custody on a judge’s order. Authorities didn’t have any evidence of a crime in the deaths of the first two children, and no one could have predicted the remaining son would die, according to prosecutors.

The couple’s 8-year-old daughter Hailey was unharmed and is now being raised by her aunt and uncle, Dave and Judy Grimes.

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The judge threw out the confession as it related to Niall, the first child to pass, as Pilkington has said she accidentally rolled over on the baby and insisted his death was an accident, according to the Columbus Dispatch. In Niall’s death she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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Pilkington’sex- husband pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition for having sex with his wife before they were married, when she was underage. Joseph Pilkington had a romantic relationship with Brittany Pilkington’s mother prior to their relationship, and had been living with her as a sort of stepfather for six years. In 2009 when Brittany was 17, Joseph, two decades her senior, impregnated her.

“Brittany has robbed us all of the chance to watch three beautiful boys grow up,” Grimes, Hailey’s caretaker, said. “Can you ever imagine, the last thing you saw in this world was your mother as she smothered you to death?”

One of Pilkington’s attornies Kort Gatterdam said the mother suffered lead poisoning as a child and years of physical and sexual abuse. As a result, a scan identified brain damage.

“Brittany’s brain is broken,” he said Tuesday. “And no one ever helped her.”

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Attorney Tina McFall read a statement on behalf of Pilkington, saying she “loves and misses all of her children and grieves for them every day.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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California prosecutor accused of using daughter, 13, to bait sex predator placed on leave

A prosecutor in California accused of using his 13-year-old daughter to bait another man back to the spot where she claimed he molested her has been placed on leave, and an internal review has been launched.

The San Jose Police Department announced on Thursday that Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and false imprisonment in connection with the incidents on the Los Alamitos Trail in Almaden Valley.

The sexual assault investigation began Oct. 8, a day after the victim told her doctor that she had been sexually assaulted. In the ensuing police investigation, the 13-year-old gave accounts of three instances between August and October in which the same man approached her while she was walking her dog on the trail and touched her sexually.

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According to police reports, the father of the 13-year-old girl is a Santa Clara County prosecutor, and he brought the girl back to the trail as authorities were investigating her claims. He recorded video of her interacting with the man that was later handed over to police, the Mercury News reported on Sunday, citing police reports and sources familiar with the case. The prosecutor dad allegedly wanted the accused man’s alleged incriminating actions caught on video

The day after the prosecutor gave the recordings to police, Lajmiri was arrested.

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 photo, released by San Jose Police Department shows suspect Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, Calif., who was arrested Tuesday, on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old girl. (San Jose Police Department )

In the police reports obtained by the Mercury News, the prosecutor told police he and the girl had arranged for her to walk back and forth on the trail, while the two of them stayed in touch with cellphones and earbuds.

“He stated that they had already done this several times,” San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report on the case. “He directed (the victim) to let (the suspect) touch her if she encountered him, but if it was the breast or between the legs to move away. He instructed (the victim) to let (the suspect) identify and make the contact and if she cannot handle things she should move away. He instructed (the victim) to walk back and forth on the designated route and don’t interact with anyone for very long.”

Multiple sources confirmed the prosecutor’s identity to the Mercury News, which did not name him to protect the identity of the underage sexual assault victim.

The state Attorney General’s office has since taken over the prosecution of the molestation case because of the conflicts of interest involved. Such conflicts already existed because of the prosecutor’s relationship to the victim, which then became more pronounced when he attempted to obtain evidence against the suspect.

In a letter sent out to staff on Monday obtained by KGO-TV, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told staffers that prosecutors “must never forget that our own behavior — inside and outside of the courtroom — matters.”

“The choices we make in our professional and personal lives need to be in harmony with the protocols, laws, and ethics of our criminal justice system,” Rosen said in the memo.

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Law enforcement sources told the Mercury News on Monday that the state Attorney General’s office is examining filing child endangerment charges against the prosecutor, who has been placed on paid leave after an internal review of his actions was launched by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has launched an internal review of a prosecutor after he allegedly used his 13-year-old daughter as bait to lure a suspected sex predator, Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, (seen left), into performing incrimination actions on her that he caught on video. (San Jose Police Department )

Public defender Molly O’Neal, whose office is representing the defendant, told the newspaper the prosecutor’s conduct was something she has never seen in 30 years working in her office, saying the “what-ifs in this situation are horrifying.”

“I have never seen a prosecutor exercise such outlandish bad judgment,” O’Neal told the Mercury News. “If you work in the criminal justice system, you know full well that people may act in ways that are unexpected. So you shouldn’t ever involve you or your family in a vigilante fashion when you are not trained to respond to any scenario that might unfold.”

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia declined to comment specifically on the case and the prosecutor’s involvement but generally advised against citizens taking the law into their own hands.

“As a father, I understand how emotional it can be when your child is the victim of a crime. But we have to remember that the safety of the child comes first,” Garcia said, “and channel that frustration in a positive way to assist the investigation and not hinder it.”

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Lajmiri, who told authorities he suffers from Alzheimer’s, is being held in the Santa Clara County jail on $3 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court Jan. 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas woman who mailed Obama explosive gets 10-year sentence

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Just moments after her sobbing denial for her involvement in mailing explosives to former President Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the acting director of the Social Security agency, a Texas woman was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Monday, a report said.

Julia Poff, 47, who pleaded guilty to the charges in July, told District Judge Vanessa Gilmore, she and her family have helped dozens in need over the years and began citing Bible verses she and her husband, a co-defendant in the case, live by, The Houston Chronicle reported.

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“My problem is that I have a huge heart and I’m too trusting of people,” she told the judge.

After Poff began citing the Biblical verses, Gilmore shut down Poff, asking her to explain her actions, the report said.

“Talk to me, don’t be reading me Bible verses. I need to understand why you’re saying you’ve done good for so many people and how that squares with the fact that you made bombs and sent them … with the intent to kill.”

— District Judge Vanessa Gilmore

“Talk to me, don’t be reading me Bible verses,” Gilmore said. “I need to understand why you’re saying you’ve done good for so many people and how that squares with the fact that you made bombs and sent them … with the intent to kill.”

At that point, Poff denied committing the crimes, The Chronicle reported.

“I don’t know what we’re doing here. We had nothing to do with this. We did not do this,” she said through tears.

After conferring with her attorney, Poff apologized.

“All I can say is I’m sorry,” said Poff. “I’m sorry to the people I’ve hurt.”

Prosecutors said in October 2016 Poff mailed a package addressed to Obama containing a “booby trapped” homemade explosive device.

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The package was intercepted at a White House handling facility at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. The handling facility was evacuated and an FBI explosives expert confirmed it was a bomb, the report said.

Investigators were able to link the box to Poff and her husband using a stray cat hair they found taped under the box’s address label. Tests found the hair was consistent with hair taken from Poff’s cat, according to prosecutors.

Poff’s daughter identified a cell phone found in the box as her old device. In addition, authorities found a transaction on Poff’s debit card for a micro-USB box with the same barcode as the one found in the package, the report said.

Two similar packages were mailed by Poff to Abbott and the acting Social Security Administration director.

The package sent to Abbott, which contained explosives stuffed into a cigarette pack, was mailed in September 2016. The device did not explode because it was not opened in a way designed to set off the explosion. The Governor’s Mansion was evacuated because of the incident, prosecutors said.

Poff was angry with Abbott because she had not received child support from her ex-husband, court filings say. Her frustration with the governor stemmed from a legal battle with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, which began when Abbott led the agency.

One month later, an explosive package was sent to the Social Security Administration, after Poff was denied Social Security disability benefits for a third time, court documents say.

Poff worked at a fireworks stand for nine years, according to prosecutors, and “knew what she was doing.”

This past July, Poff admitted she was solely responsible for sending the bombs, pleading guilty to transportation of explosives with intent to kill. She received the highest possible sentence for the conviction on Monday, the Chronicle reported.

Gilmore chastised Poff in court, saying her actions put many in danger – including mail carriers and sorters.

“The court finds the defendant’s actions were calculated, pervasive and continuous over an extended period of time,” said Gilmore.

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DMV workers accused of taking bribes to allow man to skip long lines, SC officials say

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Three people – including two DMV employees – are facing bribery charges in South Carolina after investigators accused a man of paying money to skip long lines to transfer 18 vehicle titles, a published report said.

The two employees, 21-year-old Alyson Leigh McFerrin and 25-year-old Elizabeth Seay, are accused of taking cash in two separate bribery cases involving Robbie Ray Biershenk, according to warrants from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), The State newspaper reported.

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McFerrin is accused of taking money from Biershenk so he could avoid waiting in line to make the vehicle title transfers. DMV rules typically allow only three title transfers per day, the report said.

In addition, authorities said McFerrin listed the value of Biershenk’s vehicles as $1 so he could avoid paying the state’s infrastructure maintenance fee, The State reported.

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Officials claim the bribery arrangement involving McFerrin and Biershenk took place between mid-September and Oct. 4, the report said.

The three suspects were released on bond after their Friday arrests, according to court and jail records.

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Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards

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Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein’s death. The wealthy financier died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

The officers on Epstein’s unit at the federal jail in New York City are suspected of failing to check on him every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had. Federal prosecutors offered the guards a plea bargain, but the AP reported Friday that the officers declined the deal.

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The expected charges will be filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who have been investigating Epstein’s Aug. 10 death. The people familiar with the matter insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Both guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages when Epstein was found. The officers have been placed on administrative leave while the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.

The city’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theories. A forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family to observe the autopsy has said authorities could help clear things up by being more transparent.

Epstein’s death ended the possibility of a trial that would have involved prominent figures, and it sparked widespread anger that he wouldn’t have to answer for the allegations. He had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

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Even with his death, federal prosecutors in New York have continued to investigate the allegations against Epstein. The Justice Department has vowed to aggressively investigate and bring charges against anyone who may have helped him.

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There is also a related investigation in Paris, where accusers are complaining police haven’t done enough to track down potential witnesses.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found July 23 on his cell floor with bruises on his neck. Multiple people familiar with operations at the jail have said Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, meaning he was less closely monitored but still supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.

Investigators believe those checks weren’t done for several hours before Epstein was discovered in his cell with a bedsheet around his neck, another person familiar with the matter told the AP.

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