2 guards suspended and warden reassigned after Jeffrey Epstein death

Jeffrey Epstein and his attorney Martin Weinberg

Enlarge Image Jeffrey Epstein and his attorney Martin Weinberg. AP

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found in his cell a little over two weeks ago with bruises on his neck. That person likewise spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason.

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The US Justice Department said that Attorney General William Barr had directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY, pending the outcome of an FBI and Office of the Inspector General investigation into Epstein's death.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he was "frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner".

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 2007, Epstein and federal prosecutors - including R. Alexander Acosta, who was the us attorney in Miami at the time and was later a Trump administration labor secretary - negotiated what has been called a "sweetheart deal" that allowed Epstein to avoid federal prosecution for alleged crimes against more than 30 children, in favor of his 2008 guilty pleas to two prostitution-related felonies in Florida state court.

The warden of an institution in upstate NY has been named the acting warden at the jail.

Eric Young, president of the union council that represents prison guards, said that such reassignments are routinely done to "protect the integrity of investigations until any formal action, if any, is warranted". "If he would have had common sense and followed policy, we wouldn't be here discussing this".

The AP does not typically report on details of suicides but has made an exception because the circumstances of Epstein's death are pertinent to the investigation.

Prison officials with knowledge of the case said that only one of the jail workers normally worked as a correction officer, but didn't specify the normal job duties of the other employee, according to the Times.

Although the one guard doesn't now regularly work as a correctional officer, he had previously been one for seven years and specifically requested to work overtime shifts to make more money, one of the people said. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his NY and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, allegations that could have landed him behind bars for 45 years.

In the criminal case, authorities are most likely turning their attention to the team of recruiters and employees who, according to police reports, knew about Epstein's penchant for underage girls and lined up victims for him.

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