Billionaire finishes serving time for sex crime

By Chuck Weber email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-Convicted sex offender billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is out of jail, and back home in his Palm Beach mansion.

Epstein avoided our cameras Wednesday morning as he was released from the Palm Beach County Jail. He left out a door where most people do not exit when leaving the facility. Then a black car whisked Epstein away.

Last year Epstein took a plea deal for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. Epstein got a jail sentence of a year and a half, but served just more than a year. And most of the year, he was on work release-- meaning he was able to leave the jail under guard for 16 hours a day.

Wednesday afternoon we spoke with a lawyer representing one of the 15 young women now suing Epstein. Palm Beach Gardens attorney Spencer Kuvin says his client was 15 years old when she was recruited for a sexual encounter with Epstein.

"She's certainly upset that a sexual offender gets out this early," said Kuvin. "And now that he's out, she's afraid for her safety. She's been followed by vans and trucks. They've been digging through her personal life."

"There were never any victims," proclaimed Epstein lawyer Jack Goldberger. "There are women who have filed lawsuits against Mr. Epstein. And we're going to challenge the evidence in those cases and defend them in court."

There's already new picture of Epstein on the sexual offender website. Epstein is now on probation for a year.