Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide in Manhattan prison

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Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in prison in Manhattan early on Saturday, three officials told NBC News. The sources said he was found at 7.30 am local time and had hanged himself. The 66-year-old was being held on federal sex trafficking charges. He was arrested on July 6 in Teterboro, New Jersey, as he returned from Paris on a private jet. He had pleaded not guilty and was denied bail. The indictment on his case showed that he sought out minors, some as young as 14, from at least 2002 through 2005 and paying them hundreds of dollars in cash for sex at either his Manhattan townhouse or his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, federal prosecutors revealed last month. Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking. He faced up to 45 years in prison if found guilty.