(CNBC) — Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged with the sex trafficking of “dozens” of underage girls in a federal indictment unsealed Monday morning in New York in advance of a court appearance there by the onetime friend of President Donald Trump and ex-President Bill Clinton.
Epstein, 66, is accused in the indictment of sexually exploiting many “minor girls” between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Florida, according to prosecutors, who urged any other women who were abused by Epstein to contact the FBI.
Some of the girls were as young as 14 at the time of the alleged abuse, according to court records in Manhattan federal court. Epstein is charged there with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.
Epstein faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison if convicted.