"Without the work of our prosecutors, Epstein would have gotten away," Acosta argued. "The Palm Beach attorney's office was ready to let Epstein walk free."
According to Acosta, obtaining a guilty plea deal from Epstein resulted in jail time and a sex offender registration, which was better than losing at trial.
Citing a leading prosecutor on the case, Acosta made the argument that the facts at the time could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court due to some victims, young children, refusing to testify and even some witnesses exonerating Epstein.
"There was value in getting a secure guilty plea and to have him register," Acosta said, adding he wanted to help his victims by putting him away. "There is a value to a short guilty plea, because letting him walk...would have been absolutely awful."