JEFFREY Epstein’s guards fell asleep for up to three hours on the day he hanged himself and then faked the jail logs to cover their mistakes, reports claim.
The billionaire paedo, 66, may have actually been dead for one to two hours when he was found in his cell, a source claimed to CBS.
Jeffrey Epstein died after apparently hanging himself in his New York prison cell[/caption]
Hospital staff were seen preparing a white coroner’s van believed to contain Epstein’s body[/caption]
Cameras show that Epstein’s guards never made some of the checks logged the morning the disgraced financier died, a person briefed on the probe told AP.
The two guards in the special housing unit where Epstein was held should have been checking on him every 30 minutes, according to protocol.
But they had actually been asleep for some or all of the three hours at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, officials told the New York Times.
Guards on the unit are now suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were making the necessary checks, according to another person familiar with the probe.
In the past, guards at both federal and state prisons have faced criminal charges over false entries in duty logs.
The two guards have been placed on leave and the warden has been reassigned to an office job while authorities investigate the death.
Epstein is understood to have killed himself just 12 days after being removed from suicide watch.
He was placed on the watch after apparently trying to take his own life on July 23, shortly after he was denied bail.
But less than a week after he was found with marks on his neck, prison officials determined he was no longer a threat.
On July 29, he returned to a cell in the 9 South housing unit which he shared with another inmate.
But his cellmate was later transferred, leaving Epstein alone on Friday night.
Epstein, 66, was found “unresponsive” in his cell at around 6.30 am local time, according to an official statement.
Staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center tried to revive him, and he was eventually taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Calls are mounting for those behind the mistakes at the jail to be punished amid reports that the guards involved were working overtime.
“Heads must roll,” Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to US Attorney General William Barr in a scathing letter Saturday.
“Every single person in the Justice Department – from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer – knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him,” he wrote.
Others point our Epstein was clearly at risk pointing to his bizarre behaviour in the days leading up to his suicide.
The twisted tycoon was living like a pig after his first suicide attempt, it has been claimed.
He was eating his meals off the floor and constantly requesting more toilet paper and lived “like a pig in a sty”, a source said.
The Bureau of Prisons sent a team of prison psychologists, known as a suicide reconstruction team, to the jail on Tuesday, a Justice Department official said.
They are expected to reconstruct the scene, analyse why Epstein took his own life and look at how it happened, the official said.
The official said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen was being briefed by the FBI every three hours on the progress of their investigation.
On Monday, Barr said that he was “frankly angry to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner”.
He added: “We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability.”
Timeline of the allegations against Jeffrey Epstein
The allegations against him go back to the 2000s
2005 – Parents of a 14-year-old girl told police in Florida that Epstein had molested their daughter at his Palm Beach home. A police search of the property found photos of girls throughout the house.
2006 – Charged with multiple counts of unlawful sexual acts with a minor.
2007 – Epstein’s lawyers put together a plea deal for Epstein, who was the 54.
He agreed to plead guilty to two felony prostitution charges in state court,
In exchange, he and his accomplices received immunity from federal sex-trafficking charges that could have sent him to prison for life.
2008 – Appears in court to plead guilty on two lesser counts and sentenced to a 18 months in jail and was released early in 2009
July 2019 – Arrested charges of child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
Prosecutors accused him in a grand jury indictment of paying dozens of girls as young as 14 to engage in sex acts with him at his New York and Florida properties from 2002 to 2005.
Pleaded not guilty and could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
More than a dozen women have now come forward with more sex abuse allegations.
August 2019 – Hundreds of pages of court documents were unsealed alleging new details of sexual abuse claims against Epstein and several associates.
August 10 2019 – The twisted tycoon dies after apparently hanging himself in his prison cell.
The warden of an institution in upstate New York 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.”
Jose Rojas, a union leader and teacher at a federal prison in Florida, said N’Diaye should be home without pay instead of being reassigned.
He said it appears to him that the Bureau of Prisons is “protecting him and putting the blame on officers.”
“I put this on the warden,” he said. “If he would have had common sense and followed policy, we wouldn’t be here discussing this.”
More details began to emerge Tuesday about the guards who were supposed to be supervising Epstein and the conditions under which they were working.
The guards on Epstein’s unit the night of his apparent suicide were working overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages, two people familiar with the matter said.
One of the guards, who had a different job in the jail and did not regularly perform correctional officer duties, was working a fifth straight day of overtime.
The other guard was working mandatory overtime, sources said.
The prison has been pressing non-custodial staff into working as correctional officers because staffing levels are less than 70% of what they should be, union officials said.
Epstein was being held without bail on federal sex trafficking charges that could have brought 45 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors in New York are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any of his associates will face charges for assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of girls as young as 14.
According to police reports, FBI records and court documents, Epstein had a team of recruiters and other assistants who knew of his penchant for girls and lined up victims for him.
The 66-year-old had denied the charges against him[/caption]
Epstein had been on suicide watch while being in New York[/caption]
Epstein pictured with Donald Trump and Melania in 2000[/caption]