Guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein are placed on leave
BREAKING NEWS: Two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein are placed on leave and warden is reassigned after billionaire pedophile’s apparent suicide
Two guards who were assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein when he killed himself in his New York jail cell have been placed on administrative leave and the warden has been temporarily reassigned.
The Justice Department revealed on Tuesday it was shaking up staffing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in the wake of the billionaire pedophile’s death.
The two guards were placed on leave and the warden was reassigned to an office post pending the outcome of two investigations. Both the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general are investigating Epstein’s death.
The Justice Department said the warden of another facility in upstate New York has been named the acting warden at MCC. The Department said it will take additional personnel action as warranted.
Two guards who were assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein when he killed himself in his New York jail cell were placed on administrative leave on Tuesday and the warden has been temporarily reassigned
It comes after Attorney General William Barr expressed outrage that Epstein was able to take his own life Saturday while under the care of the federal Bureau of Prisons while the inmate was facing sex trafficking charges.
In the days since Epstein’s death, a portrait has begun to emerge of Manhattan’s federal detention center as a chronically understaffed facility that possibly made a series of missteps in handling its most high-profile inmate.
Sources have said that one of Epstein’s two guards the night he died wasn’t a regular correctional officer and had been brought in due to staffing shortages.
Epstein was also left alone without a cellmate despite only just coming off suicide watch following an early attempt last month.
The 66-year-old was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14.
Epstein was already a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex.
Prior to that conviction, he had counted the rich and powerful, including U.S. President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, among his associates.
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