ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office won’t say whether it plans to expand its investigation into Jeffrey Epstein after The New York Times reported that the disgraced financier had planned to seed the human race with his DNA from his sprawling New Mexico ranch.
“Our view remains broad; nothing is off the table,” AG spokesman Matthew Baca said Thursday. “We’re taking a wide lens on that.”
Baca would not discuss the investigation except to say that the AG’s Office will continue to work and be in communication with federal authorities in the Epstein case. He has previously said state authorities were interviewing people who allege they were abused at the New Mexico ranch.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Epstein, who is accused of sex trafficking girls as young as 14, had plans to impregnate 20 women at his ranch outside Stanley in order to seed the human race with his DNA. The Times reported that, starting in the early 2000s, Epstein told scientists and businessmen about using the ranch as a base where women would be inseminated with his sperm and give birth to his babies. The article reported that Epstein held lavish dinner parties and dangled financing before the scientific community to further his ideas, citing more than a dozen acquaintances and public documents in its reporting. The Times reported that Epstein’s attorneys did not respond to requests for comment on the story.
Despite allegations of sexual misconduct at his New Mexico ranch, Epstein has never faced criminal charges in the state.
In a 2015 court filing reported by the Journal, a woman identified as Jane Doe No. 3 was said to have been frequently sexually abused by Epstein in New Mexico and elsewhere.
FBI and court records obtained by the Miami Herald show that Epstein was “also suspected of trafficking minor girls, often from overseas, for sex parties at his other homes in Manhattan, New Mexico and the Caribbean.”
An address book belonging to Epstein that ended up in court in Florida and was published in full by Gawker in 2015 shows several pages listing contacts for two former New Mexico governors, other prominent community members and about 15 listings under the heading “massage” with first names such as Sabrina, Rachel and Linda and phone numbers with 505 area codes.
Politicians in the state have given back money or otherwise dispersed it after Epstein tried to contribute to their campaigns.
The Manhattan U.S. Attorney is handling the New York case against Epstein, where crimes are alleged in New York and Florida but not in New Mexico.
Epstein’s Zorro Ranch has been reported to be 7,500 acres or 10,000 acres. The ranch’s most recent assessment indicates a market value of $12.2 million, but Santa Fe County Assessor Gus Martinez has previously told the Journal that because the ranch gets a break for agricultural uses such as running cattle, the actual value could be higher.