NY Billionaire Guilty on Hooker Charges
Epstein starts jail term for hiring teen, who serves him with suit
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 6:04 PM CDT
Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty today to soliciting an underage prostitute.   ((AP Photo))
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(Newser) – Manhattan banker and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida today to hiring an underage prostitute, and began serving an 18-month sentence. A year of house arrest and a life on the national sex offender list will follow. "They will be tracking you for the rest of your life," a judge told Epstein, 55, a philanthropist who has socialized with figures such as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

The judge implied that Epstein was getting special treatment, being allowed to serve time in county jail instead of state prison—where sex offenders can "get f--ed up," one inmate told the New York Post. When leaving court, Epstein was hit by a lawsuit from the unnamed teenage girl he had hired in Palm Beach 3 years ago.