Photographs of sexualized minors and sex toys were the subject of discussion by prosecutors and defenders. The former manager of Jeffrey Epstein's house in Palm Beach continued his testimony in the trial of the ex-partner of the one considered by New York prosecutors as a "sexual predator of minors."
by Maibort Petit
During the fifth day of the trial in the case against Ghislaine Maxwell, which is being heard in the Southern District Court of New York, prosecutors and defense attorneys for who is identified as "criminal partner of Jeffrey Epstein" accused of sex trafficking of minors, discussed the convenience or not that a "sexually suggestive" photograph of a very young girl, the government would present as evidence.
The parties examined several photographs, including one of a minor outside the mogul's room at the Palm Beach mansion. The photographs were collected at the various residences of Jeffrey Epstein during search operations carried out by the authorities.
The photograph in question showed the girl when she pulled down her underwear and showed her buttocks, which was displayed as decoration outside the room that Ghislaine Maxwell shared with Epstein.
"To enter that room, you have to go through a sexually suggestive photograph of a very young girl," the prosecutors explained.
They warned the court that "the fact that there is a sexualized photograph of a clearly underage woman is highly probative."
This discussion preceded the continuation of the testimony of Juan Alessi, who said that during his cleaning operations at Jeffrey Epstein's house he found a "large dildo." This would have happened after the mogul's massage sessions were performed in the mid-1990s.
He said that the aforementioned sexual object was kept in a basket inside the closet of Ghislaine Maxwell - held as the mistress of the house - where there were also pornographic films and a black leather suit.
Alessi faced cross-examination by the defense, this time at the hands of Jeffrey Pagliuca, who, in an attempt to disqualify the witness, brought up that he, after leaving his work at Epstein's house, returned to steal USD 6,300. Alessi admitted the fact and said that he reached an agreement with the tycoon when he confronted him. He returned the money and Epstein did not press charges against him. This happened in 2004.
The attorney specified that, according to a 2009 testimony from Juan Alessi, he actually broke into Jeffrey Epstein's home on two occasions. The witness said today that he stole the cash to pay for a friend's immigration papers.
Police certify the findings of photos
Also taking the stand to testify was Gregory Parkinson, a former police officer called to speak in connection with a search that took place at Jeffrey Epstein's home in Florida in 2005.
The federal prosecutor, Alison Moe, explained before the jury entered the courtroom, that the named police officers were to speak about the sexualized photos and of underage girls found in the raids of Epstein's properties.
Indeed, Parkinson identified the photos of the home's kitchen that US Attorney Maurene Comey showed him.
Gregory Parkinson was also consulted about a video he recorded during the raid on Epstein's mansion and in which
a photo of the tycoon along with
Pope Juan Pablo and another with the
Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, can be seen.
The massage table used by Epstein
The prosecution took time to detail in front of the stunned jury several key pieces of evidence in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, including a massage table and a "Twin Torpedo" sex toy that were seized from Jeffrey Epstein's mansion in Florida earlier in the year. the 2000s.
The massage table that belonged to Epstein was brought into the New York courtroom and briefly examined by a police officer who testified Friday.
The dark green folding table was shown to jurors when Assistant United States Attorney Maurene Comey questioned former Palm Beach Police Officer Gregory Parkinson about a search warrant that he and other officers executed on the estate in October 2005.
Parkinson donned black disposable gloves and briefly examined the table in the middle of the courtroom, about 10 feet from where Maxwell was sitting with her defense attorneys.
A detective who was tampering with the table placed it in the center of the courtroom and Parkinson returned to the witness stand.
He then told Comey that it was in fact the massage table seized from Epstein's property on October 20, 2005, the day he and other officers searched the mansion.
"It's from the second floor bathroom," he said.
He recognized the table by its appearance, as well as by a property number and a decal that said it was made in Vista, California.
The detective then folded the table and placed it in front of the prosecutor, where it remained until the trial ended around 5 p.m.
Another Palm Beach officer, Sgt. Michael Dawson, took the stand after Parkinson's and explained what they were looking for in the house that day in 2005.
“We were looking for massage tables.
We were looking for massage oils.
We were looking for sex toys, ”he said.
Next, prosecutors released a photo of a brown cardboard box containing a pair of sex toys, called the "Twin Torpedo," and showed the image to the jury.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maibort Petit is a Venezuelan writer, researcher and political scientist specialized in Transnational Organized Crime. Based in New York, she works for various Hispanic media outlets and as a consultant for various firms in New York and Washington DC