Jeffrey Epstein case: Predator lost interest when girls 'lost their braces' or turned 17, says ex-cop who tracked sex offender for a decade
Former detective Michael Fisten said that regardless of his sexual preferences, Epstein still found a way for the 'too old' teens to help satisfy his appetite by asking them to find "younger girls"
New York: Sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein reportedly lost all interest in his alleged victims as soon as they "lost their braces and their pubescent look," a former policeman who has been investigating the convicted multimillionaire investor for over a decade said.
Former detective Michael Fisten said regardless of his sexual preferences, Epstein still found a way for the "too old" teens to help satisfy his appetite, by asking them to find "younger girls" who were more his type, according to CNN.
"Once these girls lost their braces and their pubescent look and started becoming 16-years old or 17-years old, they were too old for him, so then he started using them as recruiters to bring the younger girls," Fisten said.
Epstein was arrested by federal agents on July 6 in New Jersey after his return from a Paris trip and was charged with child sex trafficking in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591. He is suspected of sex trafficking minors in Florida and New York. The new charges against Epstein suggest the Department of Justice's attempt to redeem its 2008 decision where a top federal prosecutor cut a questionable plea deal with the financier then accused of engaging in sex with dozens of underage girls.
Fisten reportedly began probing Epstein in 2009 for lawyer Brad Edwards, who has become the face of a continuing legal battle between Epstein and his victims.
"I started going out and interviewing witnesses that became victims," Fisten said. "One after another, three girls turned into four girls, turned into five, six, seven and so on… I couldn’t help but think that this could’ve been my daughter or your daughter or my next-door neighbor’s daughter."
The ex-cop also alleged that the Wall Street financier also hired "former Miami cops" to try to scare his accusers into silence. "He paid an extremely large retainer to them and all their job to do was to follow the girls around and intimidate them," Fisten added, claiming that Epstein, in recent years, traveled with two young women who procured girls for him. He said that Edwards had eventually given the names of the women and other information to federal authorities to aid their continuing investigation into Epstein.
Edwards, last week, had publicly alleged that Epstein had sex with at least one young woman while he was on work release as part of a sweetheart plea bargain in Florida on prostitution charges. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, in response to Edwards' claims, said that it was investigating to see if the deputies who monitored Epstein "violated any agency rules and regulations." Epstein, who has not yet pleaded guilty, was denied bail by a federal judge Thursday last week as he ruled that the financier was a danger to society and that his "excessive attraction” to underage girls “appears to be uncontrollable.”