The FBI was ready to arrest Jeffrey Epstein in 2007 while he was judging a beauty pageant in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but missed out on the chance to nab the serial sexual predator because the federal prosecutor on the case wanted to “take his time.”
A few months later, that prosecutor secretly offered Epstein a now-infamous sweetheart deal that kept him out of federal prison and allowed him to serve just 13 months in a jail, with weekend releases.
The details of the decision were described in a report released by the Department of Justice which found the prosecutor, then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, exercised “poor judgement” but did not engage in professional misconduct. The feds on Thursday shared the results of the probe with a room full of Epstein’s accusers, leaving some of them “emotional.”
The missed opportunity in the Virgin Islands left the FBI’s supervisory special agent “extremely upset.”
It also irked Marie Villafaña, who was the