Jeffrey Epstein has been ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to sex trafficking charges in New York on Monday.
CNBC reports that Epstein, 66, entered a not guilty plea to one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors in Manhattan federal court, where two os his accusers were reportedly present.
The judge reportedly ordered Epstein held without bail until a detention hearing on Thursday, when his defense team is expected to recommend a bail package.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, federal prosecutors have requested that Epstein, who is reportedly a billionaire, be held without bail until his trial, characterizing the registered sex offender as “an extraordinary risk of flight” due to his vast resources and powerful connections.
Epstein was arrested on Saturday, after he arrived in a private plane from Paris to the New York City area. On the same day, federal agents reportedly raided his Manhattan townhouse where they allegedly discovered a vast collection of lewd photos of female, some believed to be underage girls.
Epstein is suspected of having sexually exploited dozens of victims. One of those alleged victims issued a statement through her lawyer regarding Epstein’s arrest.
“The news of my abuser’s arrest today is a step in the right direction to finally hold Epstein accountable for his crimes and restores my faith that money and power cannot triumph over justice,” the statement reportedly read.
Epstein is expected back in court on Thursday.