Jail guards assigned to watch Epstein were sleeping before his death

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Epstein, 66, accused of sex trafficking, appears to have hanged himself, sources told several news outlets.

One of the new details provided by people familiar with the Metropolitan Correctional Center was that one of Epstein's guards the night he died in his cell wasn't a regular correctional officer.

The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general have been aggressively investigating Epstein's death, focusing on apparent breakdowns of policy at the facility in the hours before staffers discovered him unresponsive.

The New York Times corroborated the AP's report, adding that "officials did not say what sort of job the other employee usually worked".

An exterior view of the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found unconscious with injuries in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, July 25, 2019.

Two staffers who were assigned to Epstein's unit at the time of his death were placed on administrative leave, the department said. "But he certainly has information that would be very valuable to the investigation if they want access to it".

As previously reported by Law&Crime, despite overwhelming evidence that Epstein had sexually abused dozens of underage girls in 2008, former U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta - then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida - allowed Epstein to plead guilty to state charges for soliciting prostitution from a minor and to evade federal charges.

The broadcaster said that once Epstein was declared dead, his brother, Mark, was brought in to identify his body.

A French child protection group stepped up pressure on Tuesday for prosecutors to open an investigation into the activities in France of Jeffrey Epstein, the USA financier found dead in an apparent suicide while being held on sex-trafficking charges.

In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019, US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

"Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein", Barr said Monday. He called it a "failure to adequately secure this prisoner".

"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation". Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.

In 2008, two alleged Epstein victims, including Wild, sued the Department of Justice, claiming the government violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act by reaching a secret deal with Epstein without informing them.

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