Florida state Senator Lauren Book (D) is pushing for accountability in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s handling of Jeffrey Epstein.
Here’s the 411 on Epstein’s LUXURY treatment while under the Palm Beach Sheriff’s supervision:
- After receiving a sweetheart deal from Acosta, Epstein was turned over to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) for a stay in their county stockade
- Despite PBSO policy against giving sex offenders work release, Epstein was granted the ability to visit his luxury downtown office for 12 hours/day, 6 days/week and to return to his mansion 9 times
- Epstein paid the deputies assigned to watch him while on work release; their logs refer to him as “Mr. Epstein” or “the client," and contain gross statements like “(Epstein is) very happy with the service” he was being provided!
- The Washington Post reported Epstein’s jail cell (which contained a TV) was left unlocked at night
- There are allegations that Epstein sexually abused more girls while under PBSO supervision during work release hours at his home or office
He was clearly allowed to ENJOY – not SERVE his time!
What’s happening now:
- The Sheriff in power now is the very same Sheriff who allowed this all to happen 11 years ago
- After outcry and scrutiny, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw/PBSO opened an internal investigation into Esptein’s handling
- State Senator Lauren Book – a child sexual abuse survivor who was suffering her abuse at the very same time Epstein was assaulting other young girls – wrote a letter to Governor DeSantis requesting for an outside, independent investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
- In response, PBSO opened a criminal investigation – blocking all public records requests from media or anyone else
- Senator Book has now received threats of political retribution and calls to back down, as well as threats that she is being surveilled and needs to “watch her back”
Since the Governor has not yet responded, a petition has been set up to gain signatures of support for an external investigation, to be delivered to the Governor’s Office.
Senator Book is looking for our support on this issue. Here is the petition for those interested in signing: