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IPFS News Link • Florida

Cops worked to put serial sex abuser in prison. Prosecutors worked to cut him a break

• https://www.miamiherald.com

Palm Beach, Florida

November 2004

Jane Doe No. 2

Michelle Licata climbed a narrow, winding staircase, past walls covered with photographs of naked girls. At the top of the stairwell was a vast master bed and bath, with cream-colored shag carpeting and a hot pink and mint green sofa.

The room was dimly lit and very cold.

There was a vanity, a massage table and a timer.

A silver-haired man wearing nothing but a white towel came into the room. He lay facedown on a massage table, and while talking on a phone, directed Licata to rub his back, legs and feet.

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Michelle Licata says she was 16 when she first visited Jeffrey Epstein's home on El Brillo Way to give him a massage. She says he tried to penetrate her with his fingers.

Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com

After he hung up, the man turned over and dropped his towel, exposing himself. He told Licata to get comfortable and then, in a firm voice, told her to take off her clothes.

At 16, Licata had never before been fully naked in front of anyone. Shaking and panicked, she mechanically pulled off her jeans and stripped down to her underwear. He set the timer for 30 minutes and then reached over and unsnapped her bra. He then began touching her with one hand and masturbating himself with the other.


 


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