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DeSantis Orders State Takeover Probe Into Palm Beach County's Handling Of Epstein

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is set to return to court Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell.
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Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered the state’s department of law enforcement to take over a criminal investigation reviewing Jeffrey Epstein’s time in a Palm Beach County work release program. Blaise Gainey has more.

Last month, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw began an investigation and internal affairs probe after allegations that Epstein violated the terms of his sentence. Specifically, a lawyer for Epstein accusers said one of his clients who was under age at the time claims she had sex with Epstein while he was on work release.

DeSantis has assigned Nineteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton to oversee the probe. He has set a one-year timeframe for the investigation.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.