Channel 4 Information stated its investigation, launched on Tuesday, discovered “greater than half a dozen claims that younger girls and ladies are alleged to have been focused, trafficked, groomed, or abused within the UK” by Epstein and Maxwell, “over a interval spanning greater than a decade.”
The report stated the alleged offenses embrace sexual assault and rape.
She had additionally been beforehand charged by federal prosecutors with conspiracy and attractive minors to journey to interact in unlawful intercourse acts, and the transportation of minors to interact in felony sexual exercise for allegedly grooming and recruiting underage ladies from 1994 by 1997.
The Channel 4 Information report famous “severe questions” have been raised about why the Metropolitan Police failed to hold out a full felony investigation into Epstein and Maxwell.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) stated in a press release Tuesday that it “at all times takes allegations of sexual offenses and exploitation significantly.”
“We are going to at all times take into account any new data and can evaluate the knowledge despatched to us from Channel 4,” the assertion added.
Additionally in its assertion, the MPS acknowledged the drive had obtained an “allegation of non-recent trafficking for sexual exploitation in opposition to a US nationwide, Jeffrey Epstein, and a British girl in 2015 referring to occasions exterior of the UK and an allegation of trafficking to central London in March 2001.”
Nonetheless, in accordance with the MPS, an evaluation of obtainable proof made clear that “any investigation into human trafficking can be largely centered on actions and relationships exterior the UK.”
“Officers due to this fact concluded that the MPS was not the suitable authority to conduct inquiries in these circumstances and, in November 2016, a choice was made that this matter wouldn’t proceed to a full felony investigation.”
CNN has reached out to Maxwell’s authorized group.
In keeping with Channel 4 Information, authorized specialists who reviewed the claims obtained by the British information outlet stated “the allegations present clear grounds for an investigation and accused the Met Police of failing of their authorized obligation to launch a full felony inquiry.”