Topless girls were a regular fixture at Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, many of whom appeared to be underage, according to a man who did IT work for the wealthy financier.
Steve Scully, a contractor who worked for Epstein for six years beginning in 1999 to set up an extensive communications network on the island, told ABC News he often saw a revolving group of young girls scattered throughout the island, riding ATVs or sunbathing topless at the pools and beaches on the island known as “Little St. James.”
“They couldn’t have been more than 15 or 16 years old,” the 69-year-old told the news organization.
Scully eventually decided to stop working for Epstein after becoming so uncomfortable with the hordes of young girls — who didn’t appear to have any parental supervision — that he wanted to cut ties with the financial manager.
"I really started seeing things weren’t normal in the first year. And I started ... I wear shame and guilt," he said. “Because you know what? When you allow money to dictate your moral consciousness, you’ve lost all idea of moral consciousness. It’s not about the money. It can’t be.”
Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender, is accused of manipulating girls, some as young as just 14, into committing sex acts, and is now facing federal sex trafficking charges.
Scully estimated he did about $400,000 of work for Epstein as the chief owner and operator of a telecommunications business on the nearby island of St. Thomas.
Epstein had requested an extensive communications network throughout the 72-acre island to ensure that he would never drop a call, even in a secluded area Epstein referred to as “the grotto.”
Scully said he visited the island more than 100 times over the six years he did work for Epstein, but was immediately struck by the unusual décor throughout the property.
“There were photos of topless women everywhere,” he said. “On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom.”
He also recalls stacks of marital arts DVDs and a never-ending supply of new white Lacoste polo shirts. Epstein would reportedly only wear each shirt one time.
The island — which Epstein bought more than 20 years ago — even earned a distinctive reputation with the locals.
“Everybody called it ‘Pedophile Island,” Kevin Goodrich, a St. Thomas resident who operates boat charters, said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s our dark corner.”
Many of the people who worked for Epstein refused to talk with the AP, telling the news organization that they had signed non-disclosure agreements preventing them from revealing any details about their employment.
One former employee, speaking under the condition of anonymity, said he saw a handful of women on the island but thought they were all adults.
“When he was there, it was keep to yourself and do your thing,” he said.
The island is reportedly valued at $63 million and is just one component of Epstein’s more than $179 million in real estate assets, CNBC reports.
According to recently unsealed court documents, the financier is worth an estimated $559,120,954.
Epstein was arrested on federal sex-trafficking charges earlier this month after officials said he lured dozens of underage girls to his mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach for illicit sex acts.
Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
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