A Florida sheriff says he's launched a criminal investigation into financier Jeffrey Epstein's stay at his county jail.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw released a statement Thursday evening confirming that his office had opened a criminal investigation Tuesday, in addition to an internal affairs investigation announced last week.
Democratic state Sen. Lauren Book told news outlets earlier Thursday she has received a dozen threatening text messages and phone calls telling her to back off from pushing a probe into the sheriff's office.
Epstein was allowed to go to his office on work release during his 13-month stay at the Palm Beach County stockade. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to prostitution-related charges involving underage girls.
Epstein avoided federal indictment at the time but now is jailed in New York on new sex trafficking charges. He has pleaded not guilty.