When NEWSREP first wrote about the controversy—some would argue cover-up—in 2015 involving an underage sex trafficking ring run by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, he hadn’t been indicted. But on Saturday July 6th, Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after flying back from Paris on his private jet. Federal agents broke down the front door to his upscale New York City apartment, where they found a “vast trove” of lewd photos of minor and young women, according to CNN. Epstein now faces a formal indictment.

Epstein, 66, allegedly ran a large scale sex trafficking network between Palm Beach, Florida and New York City that abused girls as young as 12. This case actually goes back more than a decade. In 2007, he received a sweetheart plea deal from Alexander Acosta, then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and now the U.S. Secretary of Labor. After pleading guilty to “minor state prostitution charges” of a 17-year-old girl, Epstein’s deal resulted in a 18-month sentence, of which he served 13. His deal allowed him to sleep in the Palm Beach County jail but commute to his office each day. A judge recently ruled this deal violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act of many of his victims, who weren’t informed of it.

It was likely the groundbreaking work of Julie K. Brown at the Miami Herald that busted this story wide open, led to the previous plea deal being thrown out, and Epstein’s arrest this weekend.

From NEWSREP’s 2015 article: