I keep mentioning this but. The legal age for a sex working in the UK is 18. Lets at least agree that Epstiens women were sex workers?
I was specifically replying to hurfdurf (I know, I really should know better) inflammatory hyperbole that a sweaty nonce is only being defended because of todays rape culture.
There are other things to consider in this case though, like sex trafficking, but Andrew's claim is it was consensual as she wasn't (or at least didn't know she was) sex trafficked. It isn't defending a nonce to point out that consensual sex with a17 year old is legal, no matter how immoral you may personally judge it.
That is assuming that Andrew is telling the truth and is innocent which, for the avoidance of doubt, I'm not saying he is. But until it goes to an actual court, rather than the court of public opinion, where a decision will be made on the facts rather than a he said she said slinging match, he should be considered innocent.