The American employment minister, Alexander Acosta, announced his departure on Friday. Acosta was discredited because, as prosecutor, he made a controversial deal with multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was suspected of child abuse.
The minister announced his retirement on the lawn of the White House in Washington. He leaves on Friday, July 19.
"I thought the right decision was to leave," Acosta said.
The minister recently came under scrutiny after it appeared that he concluded a controversial agreement with Epstein in 2008, which was being investigated at that time for dozens of allegations of sexual acts with underage girls. At that time, Acosta was the prosecutor in the city of Miami, Epstein's hometown.
Under the terms of the agreement, Epstein confessed guilt to two charges of incitement to prostitution, with which a 14-year-old victim was put away as a prostitute. He was imprisoned for only 13 months, under a particularly light prison regime, which allowed him to spend up to 12 hours a day in his nearby office.
Epstein had to register on the register of sex offenders, but was exempt from federal prosecution. Earlier this week, it became known that Epstein completely ignored the obligation to report that was associated with his qualification as a criminal.
The alleged victims of the multi-millionaire, 36 women and girls, were not informed of the deal between him and the prosecutors. A judge ruled in February that this was not permitted by law.
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Minister under heavy pressure since arresting Epstein
After details of the deal became known, the call for Acosta to step up became louder. His boss, President Donald Trump, gave him the chance to explain the deal to the public. Acosta stated that at the time he thought that the punishment of Epstein, which now seems particularly light, was the best possible result.
Epstein was arrested last week in New York, where he will stand trial for running a "sex network" of minors.
The case against the multi-millionaire started rolling again due to investigative journalism efforts by Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald newspaper, who devoted a series of articles to the Epstein issue at the end of last year.
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