[guest post by Dana]
The more we find out, the more horrible it gets:
[O]n nearby St. Thomas, locals say Epstein continued to bring underage girls to the island as recently as this year—a decade after he was forced to register as a convicted sex offender—and that authorities did nothing to stop him.
…“On multiple occasions I saw Epstein exit his helicopter, stand on the tarmac in full view of my tower, and board his private jet with children—female children,” says a former air traffic controller at the airstrip who asked to remain anonymous.
Another employee at the airstrip, who requested anonymity because he is not allowed to speak about travelers in his official capacity, says Epstein would land at St. Thomas twice a month on average. “There’d be girls that look like they could be in high school,” the employee recalls. “They looked very young…
The employee adds that he and his co-workers would joke around about what they were seeing. “Every time he landed or took off, it was always brought up. We’d always be joking, ‘How many kids are on board this time?’”
No worries though. In spite of their joking about it, they were nonetheless disturbed by Epstein arriving with young girls in tow. Just not disturbed enough to do anything about it:
…the employee also says he felt “pure disgust,” calling it “absolutely insane” that a convicted sex offender was able to move around so openly in the era of MeToo.
“I could see him with my own eyes,” the employee says. “I compared it to seeing a serial killer in broad daylight. I called it the face of evil.”
Everything was happening in plain sight. Everyone knew. But apparently remaining silent was worth it:
Epstein apparently made no attempt to hide his travels with young girls. The airstrip in St. Thomas sits in plain sight of a central highway, and a nearby parking lot at the University of the Virgin Islands provides a complete view of the tarmac and almost every aircraft on the ground. When he’s “home” on Little St. James, Epstein’s plane is always parked right in front of the control tower.
“The fact that young girls were getting out of his helicopter and getting into his plane, it was like he was flaunting it,” the employee says. “But it was said that he always tipped really well, so everyone overlooked it.”
Says the former air traffic controller:
My colleagues and I definitely talked about how we didn’t understand how this guy was still allowed to be around children… We didn’t say anything because we figured law enforcement was doing their job. I have to say that that is regrettable, but we really didn’t even know who to tell, or if anyone really cared.
Wealthy billionaire pulls out a $100 bill, points to the ocean: Hey, look over there!
Air traffic enabler: What a view!
It’s sadly ironic that the air traffic controllers questioned whether anyone would care, because clearly they didn’t. Not enough to do anything about it. But, hey, the chief of police didn’t care either:
In fact, it appears that local authorities did nothing to investigate Epstein’s repeated trips with young girls—let alone intervene—despite the fact that he was listed on the island’s registry of sex offenders. Chief William Harvey, a veteran of the Virgin Islands police department, tells Vanity Fair that he does not know who Epstein is, and is unaware of any investigation into him.
But airport employees and employees at Epstein’s compound knew who Epstein was and what he was up to. Yet we are to believe that the police chief, who could access the sex registry database at any time and had access to the internet, was the only one who didn’t know? Right.
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)