Ex-Palm Beach police chief blasts prosecutors' handling of Jeffrey Epstein case

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Former Palm Beach police chief who investigated Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 calls state and federal prosecutors' handling of the case 'the worst failure of the criminal justice system in modern times' Ex-chief Michael Reiter spoke out on Dateline NBC episode on Friday night  Blasted prosecutors for their handling of Jeffrey Epstein case in 2008 Said Epstein's defense team seemed to know non-public investigation details Reiter went to the feds in frustration with Florida state's attorney office But then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta kicked the case back to local prosecutors Epstein ended up with a sweetheart plea deal for one year in local jail 

By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com

Published: 04:48 BST, 21 September 2019 | Updated: 05:14 BST, 21 September 2019

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Jeffrey Epstein got off with a sweetheart plea deal in the 2008 case

Jeffrey Epstein got off with a sweetheart plea deal in the 2008 case

The former police chief of Palm Beach, Florida has said that prosecutors badly mishandled the original investigation into sex predator Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

Michael Reiter, who retired from the Palm Beach Police Department in 2009, spoke out in an interview with Dateline NBC that aired on Friday night.

'Epstein found every loophole,' Reiter said, adding that state and federal prosecutors' handling of the Epstein case amounts to 'the worst failure of the criminal justice system in modern times.'

Epstein got off with a sweetheart plea deal in the 2008 case, before he was arrested again this year on federal sex trafficking charges and died behind bars on August 10.

The Palm Beach Police Department began investigating Epstein in 2005, when a mother called the cops to report that Epstein was having sex with her underage daughter.

Michael Reiter, who retired from the Palm Beach Police Department in 2009, spoke out in an interview with Dateline NBC that aired on Friday night

Michael Reiter, who retired from the Palm Beach Police Department in 2009, spoke out in an interview with Dateline NBC that aired on Friday night

'Our sense was that this was absolutely something we've got to get on,' Reiter said of the initial tip.

Investigators spoke to the girl, who led them to

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