A now-fired Virgin Islands prosecutor has testified that the current governor of the U.S. enclave once pressured her to grant a legal waiver to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Epoch Times reported Saturday that Denise George, the Virgin Islands attorney general until late 2022, said that Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. once contacted her one-on-one to request that she grant Epstein a waiver from travel restrictions.

Bryan, who is a Democrat, was “telling me that you know Jeffrey Epstein wants to have this waiver of the travel requirements, and that he said that his attorneys will be contacting me, and encouraged me to meet with the attorneys to consider it,” George said under oath.

The outlet noted further:

Vincent Frazer, the Virgin Islands attorney general from 2007 to 2015, granted Mr. Epstein a waiver from in-person reporting requirements along with a significantly reduced notification requirement.

Mr. Frazer allowed Mr. Epstein to notify authorities just 72 hours before leaving the Virgin Islands, with email notification being accepted, court documents show. The waiver was granted at the request of Mr. Epstein’s attorneys, who argued that he was a businessman who needed to regularly travel to other destinations and that in-person notification would be too onerous.

In 2012, a law was passed in the Virgin Islands outlining stipulations for sex offenders. The legislation granted the attorney general the authority to potentially lessen or exempt these requirements under specific circumstances. Among these instances is the case where a sex offender frequently travels outside of the Virgin Islands for professional reasons.

“Frazer later reduced the time from 72 hours to 24 hours after complaints from Mr. Epstein’s attorneys,” The Epoch Times reported. “Acting Attorney General Carol Thomas-Jacobs revoked the agreement in 2019 after finding no evidence to support it.”

Later that year, George became the VI attorney general, which then led Bryan to contact her.


George said that she thoroughly examined the records held by the Virgin Islands Department of Justice. After careful consideration, she concluded that there was no compelling evidence in those records to support waiving the restrictions.

“I realized there was some political maneuvering that [Mr. Epstein] was doing,” George testified, based on the manner in which Bryan approached her.

“That by itself indicated to me that he was flexing his political influence over or with the governor in an effort to get a favorable result in what I considered to be definitely a law enforcement issue by the attorney general,” she noted further, adding that she found the incident inappropriate and troubling.

The former AG said that after she considered the issue, Bryan followed up with a text message demanding she make a decision. She rejected the request and, she said, looking back, it appears now to have been a turning point with the governor.

“I am always determined to stand for what it is that I believe is right based on my position as to having [to] make law enforcement decisions. And I make them irrespective of anything as far as who the people are or whatever political influence or power they may have,” George said. “And maybe that might have been the first time that he might have been faced with that.”

The Epoch Times added: “The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority for about two decades gave Mr. Epstein’s companies tax breaks to be headquartered in the Virgin Islands. Mr. Bryan was head of the authority before becoming governor.”

The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, sat for depositions related to a pair of lawsuits linked to regarding late financier and convicted child sex trafficker Epstein in May.

His testimony came as the U.S. Virgin Islands and the banking giant traded allegations over who was the biggest enabler of Epstein’s sex trafficking of minor girls, Fox Business Network reported.

In July, the Virgin Islands sought “at least $190 million in damages from JPMorgan Chase” in one of the suits, NBC News reported.

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