Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in July at a New Jersey airport; that same month, an air traffic controller told US Marshals Service investigators about two previous sightings of Epstein at another airport, one in the US Virgin Islands—and he wasn’t alone. Newly released government documents show the air traffic controller told authorities she spotted Epstein exiting his private plane at the St. Thomas airport on one occasion last year with two girls who looked as young as 11 or 12, reports CNBC; on another occasion, he was allegedly with a girl who looked to be 16 to 18. Why the Marshals Service was involved: In January 2019, at the request of federal prosecutors, it started looking into whether Epstein wasn’t abiding by the international travel reporting rules he had to follow as a registered sex offender, per CNN.
International Megan’s Law obliges such offenders to report any planned trips abroad 21 days before leaving the US. That allegedly didn’t happen in March: Per a Marshals report, Epstein signed the Notification of Duty to Report on March 15, saying he was traveling to France just four days later and returning March 29. But an online flight tracker shows his plane also went to Vienna, Austria, and Monaco during that period. The records were released following a FOIA request by the nonprofit MuckRock News, reports the AP. The Marshals’ inquiry was closed following Epstein’s jailhouse death. Meanwhile, the AP reports that French police say three alleged Epstein victims have already come forward with their stories as part of an investigation into the late financier being conducted in that country. (Read more Jeffrey Epstein stories.)