A Sex Offender Mixes With Royalty

March 9th, 2011

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is under fire for her association with a known sex offender. Her former husband, Prince Andrew, could lose his position as Trade Ambassador due to his connection with a convicted criminal.

By now, both probably wish they’d never heard the name Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein’s Transgressions

His career highlights include teaching calculus and physics at Dalton School in New York, becoming a trader for Bear Stearns and establishing his own financial management firm. He has enjoyed a lavish lifestyle with high-profile colleagues and friends. Financial Trust Co., his elite business venture, is said to boast multiple billionaire clients. Jeffrey Epstein is a successful entrepreneur who once held a dark secret.

In 2008 Epstein was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He was originally charged with several counts of soliciting women for sexual acts. Many of the women have said they were underage at the time. The charges were eventually reduced to a single count, and a guilty plea was submitted. After his release from prison, Epstein had to register as a sexual offender.

A Royal Connection

Sarah Ferguson’s financial problems are well-known. She recently accepted a loan of nearly $25,000 that was set up through her ex-husband’s office. Her benefactor was Jeffrey Epstein. Today she claims to have been unaware of his sex offender status, and says she deeply regrets accepting the money. Despite her promise to pay the loan back as soon as possible, this scandal could have repercussions for the Duchess.

Prince Andrew is also being scrutinized for his association with Epstein. His situation exploded after an old photograph was published showing the Prince with Epstein and Virginia Roberts, Epstein’s masseuse at the time. She was underage when the photo was taken. Supporters of the Prince say he was unaware of her age.

Consequences

The outcome of these royal relationships remains to be seen. Sarah Ferguson has been harshly criticized for accepting the money. She has also been excluded from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming wedding. Whether or not she will face further repercussions is unknown.

There is also speculation that Prince Andrew could lose the Trade Ambassador position he’s held since 2001. His association with Jeffrey Epstein began long before the man was convicted a sexual offender. The $25,000 loan, however, was recently scheduled through his office.

How Well Do You Know People?

How well do you know the people you deal with personally and professionally? If you were to associate with a pedophile, even unknowingly, what type of consequences might you face? These days you can never be too careful. Need to find out if someone you know is a registered offender, or even if they have criminal records, bankruptcies or similar issues? Run a Background Check. This report provides a comprehensive overview of anyone’s past. Use it to make informed decisions about anyone in your life.

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