Florida lawmaker urges probe into Epstein’s sex-fueled ‘work release’

A Florida lawmaker urged Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to open a probe into how billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was able to spend much of his 2008 jail sentence in the state on “work release’’ — while allegedly still having sex with young women.

A lawyer for several of Epstein’s accusers claimed last week that the politically connected perv had “improper sexual contact’’ with women while supposedly working at his office under the cushy deal.

“When an atrocity occurs in our state and there is a breakdown involving law enforcement, I believe it is appropriate for [the Florida Department of Law Enforcement] to step in and investigate,” state Sen. Lauren Book wrote in a letter to DeSantis.

“If Epstein was able to abuse young girls while under supervised work release, we need to understand very clearly when and how these egregious lapses and abuses occurred so they cannot be repeated,” she said.

Book, of Plantation in Broward County, has been a vocal advocate for child sex abuse victims.

DeSantis’ office did not immediately comment.

Epstein is behind bars in Manhattan after being charged with federal sex trafficking crimes involving underage girls and young women.

In 2008, he was sentenced to 13 months in prison in Florida for two state charges of sex solicitation, including one involving an underage girl.

The sentence was part of a now-highly controversial plea deal that allowed the former hedge-fund honcho to dodge dozens more claims of sex abuse of children.

He was housed at the Palm Beach County jail but allowed to leave on work release 12 hours a day, six days a week.

It was during that time that he allegedly flew in young women and had them brought to him at the office he was supposedly working out of for sex.

According to The Associated Press, he was allowed out of jail from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the six days — yet records show he was sometimes dropped off at his office by limo as early as 7:15 a.m. and picked up as late as 10:40 p.m.

A law enforcement source said he saw young women come and go from Epstein’s office during that time.

While Florida currently bans sex offenders from being freed on work release, there does not appear to have been any such rule in place in 2008.

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