NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: A protest group called "Hot Mess" hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Let’s talk for a minute about a tough subject – the sexual exploitation of children.
Hedge-fund billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is locked up in New York as federal prosecutors roll out the case that may put him away for life.
He is accused of bribing and coercing girls as young as 14 into engaging in illegal sex acts and, in some cases, recruiting other girls to do the same.
The feds raided his lavish Manhattan townhouse and seized child porn.
And the prosecutors will have plenty of precedent to talk about – Epstein was busted for the same crimes over a decade ago, but got a slap-on-the-wrist sentence from the Florida US attorney at the time, Alex Acosta, now President Trump’s secretary of labor.
Short of murder, I can’t think of a crime more vile than pedophilia, or of people more deserving of our contempt and condemnation than those who commit it.
But I’ll make an exception for people who condone and/or enable this kind of creature.
Could that possibly include some of the powerful men who loved to pal around with Epstein, a list that includes former President Clinton, Prince Andrew of England, and Mr. Trump?
In 2002, several years before Epstein got caught, Trump called him “a terrific guy” who “likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
If that doesn’t make your flesh crawl, nothing will.
Here’s hoping Epstein takes a hard fall, and takes some of his cronies with him.
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