Jeffrey Epstein was first arrested for suspected sex crimes by authorities in Palm Beach County, Florida, in 2005
The Florida state prosecutors who could have put pedophile Jeffrey Epstein behind bars more than a decade ago acted as if his underage accusers were ‘prostitutes’, it has been reported.
Barry Krischer, who was Palm Beach County State Attorney when his office oversaw the initial prosecution of Epstein in 2005, didn’t interview the young girls who came forward or their parents, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post suggest.
Krischer acted as if the teenage girls who accused Epstein of sexual assault sold their bodies to buy clothes at the mall, according to the Post.
He also believed that the young girls’ social media pages on MySpace, in which they are seen dressed in suggestive outfits while talking about sex with boys, destroyed their credibility, the Post reported.
Krischer was reportedly swayed by Epstein’s celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who allegedly alerted him to the MySpace pages and highlighted the fact that the girls talk about liking marijuana.
When reached by DailyMail.com, Dershowitz denied the claims in the report that he helped discredit Epstein’s accusers.
‘[There is] absolutely no truth [to the claims in the report],’ Dershowitz told DailyMail.com via email.
‘My job was to argue the law and precedents. I don’t even know how to access MySpace. Epstein hired investigators for his factual defense.’
Just one witness was made available to the grand jury rather than all 13, thus increasing the chances of sinking the case, the Post reported.
Krischer reportedly sabotaged his own case despite the fact that 13 girls described in near identical detail what happened to them.
Krischer’s lead prosecutor, Lanna Belohlavek, reportedly told investigating officers that she believed that there were ‘no victims’ in the Epstein case.
Barry Krischer (left), who was Palm Beach County State Attorney when his office oversaw the initial prosecution of Epstein in 2005, acted as if Epstein’s accusers were ‘prostitutes,’ according to a report. Alan Dershowitz (right) who was Epstein’s lawyer, allegedly alerted Palm Beach County prosecutors to accusers’ MySpace online profiles which were used to discredit them. He has denied this
DailyMail.com has reached out to Belohlavek for comment.
The 13 underage girls each described how Epstein promised $200 for a ‘massage.’
‘Two-hundred dollars for 40 minutes, that was a lot for a 16-year-old girl making six bucks an hour,’ one victim told investigators.
The girls recalled entering Epstein’s waterfront mansion, where they were met by his private assistant, Sarah Kellen.
Kellen would lead the girls up a stairway whose walls were lined with photos of naked women, they said.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Kellen for comment.
The girls told investigators that at the top of the stairs they were led into a room where Epstein was waiting for them in nothing but a towel.
In short time, Epstein took the towel off so that he could be ‘massaged,’ the Post reported.
The girls told investigators that they would receive more money if they also took their clothes off or let him touch them with sex toys or have intercourse.
One victim told investigators she was paid $1,000 by Epstein after he forced her to have sex with him.
In total, four of the girls who were age 17 or younger said Epstein penetrated them.
A 14-year-old girl said that as she sat on top of a naked Epstein, he fondled her while he masturbated.
Palm Beach detectives painstakingly amassed evidence that included statements from 17 witnesses, including eight girls who said Epstein molested them when they were underage.
But because they were over the age of 15 and there was no penetration, none of the eight could be considered victims of a sex crime.
Joseph Recarey, the detective who worked the case, kept gathering witness statements despite the fact that prosecutors allegedly seemed more preoccupied with the young girls’ MySpace pages.
While Recarey kept talking to victims and their parents while lobbying for more charges against Epstein, he reportedly noticed that the prosecutors in the State Attorney’s Office were no longer returning his calls.
In April 2006, Recarey learned that Krischer agreed to allow Epstein to plead guilty to felony aggravated assault.
As per the terms of the plea bargain, Epstein would avoid jail time.
If he abided by the terms of his probation, Epstein would also have his criminal record be erased.
A furious Recarey decided to draft an arrest warrant charging Epstein with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation.
If convicted, Epstein would have faced prison sentences that would have stretched several decades.
Recarey’s arrest warrants also charged Kellen and a former Royal Palm Beach High School student with the same crimes. The two women allegedly recruited and groomed victims for Epstein.
Recarey’s boss at the time, former Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter, demanded that Krischer remove himself from the case after he refused to follow up on Recarey’s arrest warrants.
But the original deal offered by Krischer fell apart because if Epstein pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, there was a chance he would need to register as a sex offender.
So Epstein fired Dershowitz and hired new lawyers.
Eventually, Krischer took the case to the grand jury, but he reportedly only allowed two days notice to witnesses.
Of the three witnesses who were called to testify, one of them was a college student in Jacksonville who says she never received the subpoena.
Another witness who said she was forced to have sex with Epstein didn’t show up. Epstein’s lawyers later used her absence to claim that the girls were lying, it is claimed.
There was only one witness left – a 14-year-old girl who alleged that Epstein fondled her by putting a sex toy in her vaginal area and masturbating in front of her.
The girl at the time was dressed in just a bra and thong.
But in his communications with prosecutors, Epstein’s lawyer, Jack Goldberger, accused the girl of lying about her age and claimed that Epstein passed a polygraph exam in which he stated that no sex occurred.
The girl was also scrutinized because of her MySpace page. Goldberger accused the girl of changing her age, posting racy photos of herself online, and bragging about shoplifting.
The girl had used drugs, was known to police, and had run away from home, according to Epstein’s lawyer.
‘With all this in mind, I believe that is only just, especially now that we are both certain there was no sex involved, that your office opt NOT to prosecute this case,’ Goldberger wrote to Krischer.
But Epstein did know the girls were underage, according to the Post.
Notes seized from his mansion by police indicated that one teen wrote to him that she couldn’t come over at 7pm because she had soccer practice.
‘Monday after school?’ another girl wrote in a separate note.
Police also found the copy of one girl’s high school transcripts.
One of Epstein’s recruiters said his motto was: ‘The younger the better.’
Courtney Wild was one of the teenage girls who was allegedly victimized by Epstein
Nonetheless, during the grand jury, the lead prosecutor, Belohlavek, questioned the girl aggressively about her MySpace page, according to the Post.
This was considered odd since a grand jury only grants prosecutors an opportunity to lay out their case against the defense.
In this case, Belohlavek was acting as Epstein’s de facto lawyer, the reports claims.
Recarey said that Belohlavek told him that ‘there are no victims here’ – an indication that ‘she was trying to brush this case under the carpet.’
The grand jury returned an indictment against Epstein on a single felony charge of solicitation of prostitution, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Reiter was so enraged by the grand jury’s decision that he sent letters of apology to Epstein’s accusers and their parents.
‘Justice wasn’t served,’ he wrote.
The police chief then began to talk to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He hoped that Acosta, the U.S. Attorney in South Florida, would take the allegations more seriously.
Reiter testified that Krischer told him that ‘it was the policy of the state attorney’s office not to charge molestation type cases or even a sex type battery case when it was consensual’ – even if the victims in this case were underage.
Krischer, a Democrat, retired in 2009. He has refused to discuss the case with the Post.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Krischer for comment.
Dershowitz said he gave Krischer documents that showed that other men in South Florida who were charged with similar crimes as Epstein were given probation.
The Post is also reporting that Krischer played a role as a go-between who helped Acosta and Epstein’s defense lawyers seal the now-infamous sweetheart deal that enabled the pedophile to avoid federal prison.
Acosta resigned in July as President Trump’s Labor Secretary amid fresh scrutiny of his handling of the Epstein case.
Acosta defended his handling of the deal, which allowed Epstein to plead guilty to a state charge and not face federal prosecution. Acosta said Epstein would have had an even lighter sentence if not for the deal.
Acosta would not say if he would make the same decision regarding Epstein now, considering the power of the #MeToo movement that led to the downfall of several powerful men publicly accused of sex crimes by women.
A West Palm Beach judge found this year that the deal had violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act because the victims were not informed or consulted.
Epstein was arrested in July by federal authorities on sex trafficking charges. He was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell in August of an apparent suicide.