Some of Jeffrey Epstein's alumni remember their former teacher following his arrest and plea of guilty to federal drug charges in New York.
The 66-year-old hedge fund manager is accused of paying hundreds of dollars to under-age girls for massage and then assaulting them at various locations from 2002 to 2005.
But Epstein, who taught math and physics at the Dalton School in Manhattan in the Upper East Side in the 1970s, seems to have been a polarizing figure, some remembering him for being a caring teacher, so that others say that he was lousy and ugly.
Jeffrey Epstein taught mathematics and science at Dalton School in New York, but some alumni indicated that he was particularly open to female students.
Epstein had no university degree when he was hired to teach at Dalton School. The school is one of the most prestigious private schools in New York
Epstein was only 20 years old when he worked in a private school for two years, teaching students a few years younger than him at the time, according to The New York Times.
Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in New York City, is known for its exorbitant cost. The student body is made up of the sons and daughters of the richest and most influential families in New York.
Over the past week, alumni, parents and teachers shared memories of him on the school's Facebook page, some suggesting that they had seen warning signs in his school. behavior several decades ago.
"He stood out as a young man in this strange coat," said Karin Williams at the Huffington Post.
Epstein, who was 20 years old at the time, was seen as a charismatic teacher who sometimes acted more like a friend than as an authority figure for students, especially girls.
Williams left Dalton before his first year in 1976 and never had Epstein as a teacher. "You noticed it.
Epstein was known for his casual dress. Some students reported to the post that he had informal relationships with students and that he could often treat his peers more than his students.
Williams says that he would often be seen surrounded by a group of female students, many of whom would flirt with him.
Dr. Susan Cohn told the Huffington Post that she remembered that Epstein had told students not to insist on the course because they were all going to get an A.
"I did not learn much. He did not take the courses very seriously, "Cohn said. She described Epstein as being "wise" and as someone who was there to have fun.
Epstein, now 66, was arrested on Saturday night in New Jersey, charged with trafficking in sexually active people, alleging that he had abused dozens of underage girls in the early 2000s.
While there is no indication that something unpleasant has occurred at Dalton School, classmates in the 1970s have stated that the age as a whole is sexually permissive.
Relationships between students and faculty were "generally perceived as a source of eyebrows rather than abuse," according to the Post.
"What is disgusting is that a creep like Epstein took it and never let it go," said an anonymous student.
"A number of teachers viewed the students' bodies as their next meal," said Mark Robinson, graduating in 1974.
& # 39; c & rsquo; is a little disgusting; you want to have positive, clear, clean and nostalgic memories of your school days, "Robinson said. "You do not like to remember unpleasant things. And that kind of thing puts you forward. & # 39;
Another former pupil remembered that Epstein had been introduced to a party where students drank and paid close attention to girls in hallways and classrooms.
"I remember thinking at the time:" It's wrong, "Scott Spizer told The Times.
"There was a clear clarity about the inappropriateness of the behavior – that's not how the adult teachers behave," said Millicent Young, another student.
Dalton's graduate, Paul Grossman, stated that he had never had Epstein in class, but that he was known among students as a mathematical genius.
"Everyone knew him rather as brilliant," said Grossman, a 1978 graduate. "None of us was surprised to find that when he left Dalton, he won millions of dollars in business. "
Epstein was hired by the school's director, Donald Barr, the late father of Attorney General William Barr, whose office is currently prosecuting Epstein.
Apparently, Barr liked to hire young people in his early twenties that he thought full or potential, but it was unusual for a teacher like Epstein to be hired without a university degree.
Epstein taught Dalton for only two years before being hired by investment bank Bear Stearns after giving lessons to the president's son.
Epstein left Dalton in the mid-1970s, at the request of a student's father, who had arranged a meeting with the president of the investment bank. He then founded his own fund management company, J. Epstein & Co.
In 2008, he entered into a non-prosecution agreement with Florida federal prosecutors regarding allegations of sexual relations with underage girls. He was allowed to plead guilty to charges of soliciting minors for prostitution and serving a 13-month prison sentence. The agreement also required that he reach financial settlements with dozens of his alleged victims.
Epstein nearly had another break in 2011, when the Manhattan District Attorney's Office made the unusual decision of asking a judge to register him as a sex offender at the lowest level so that he would not not obliged to report to the authorities every 90 days. Judge Ruth Pickholz hesitated, saying that she had "never seen a prosecutor's office do anything of the sort", and that the prosecutor's office subsequently reversed her position.
Federal prosecutors acknowledged earlier this week that the current charges overlap with the Florida case from more than a decade ago. But they said that a leader in the indictment is based entirely on the victims of New York.