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An investigation found that former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta showed “poor judgment” when he made a plea deal in 2008 with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein while serving as the U.S. attorney in Florida, Justice Department officials said Thursday.

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Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to a pair of lesser state charges after being accused of molesting dozens of girls in Palm Beach County, Florida. He had been facing as much as a life sentence, though he instead served 13 months in a work-release program as part of the non-prosecution agreement brokered by Acosta. Epstein also agreed to register as a sex offender.

The Justice Department’s investigation into the deal centered on two aspects of the Epstein case — whether prosecutors erred or committed misconduct by resolving the allegations through a non-prosecution agreement, and also whether they mishandled interactions with victims in the case.

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In an executive summary of the investigation, officials said none of the attorneys involved in the deal committed misconduct in their interactions with the victims because there was no “clear and unambiguous duty” to consult with victims before entering into the non-prosecution agreement.

Authorities said, “Acosta’s decision to resolve the federal investigation through the (non-prosecution agreement) constitutes poor judgment,” though they said it didn’t rise to the level of professional misconduct.

>> Read the executive summary released by the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility

“Acosta’s application of federalism principles was too expansive, his view of the federal interest in prosecuting Epstein was too narrow, and his understanding of the state system was too imperfect to justify the decision to use the (non-prosecution agreement),” investigators said.

The deal came under renewed scrutiny last year after federal authorities revealed new sex trafficking charges against Epstein in New York and Florida. Epstein was accused of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of girls as part of a sex trafficking scheme that saw his victims recruiting other girls to be abused.

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The 66-year-old financier committed suicide last year while in federal custody awaiting trial.

Acosta resigned from his post as labor secretary in July 2019 as questions swirled about his handling of the plea deal. At the time, he said he resigned because he didn’t think it was right for his handling of Epstein’s case to distract from his work as secretary of labor. He had been in the position since April 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.