Scrutiny of Epstein's death and co-conspirators intensifies

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2019

That deal, he said, "essentially shut down an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein's sex crimes".

Federal prosecutors in NY are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any if his associates will face charges for assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of girls as young as 14.

Under the agreement, Epstein served 13 months of an 18-month sentence in county jail and was allowed to participate in a work-release program enabling him to spend up to 12 hours a day, six days a week in his Palm Beach office.

According to a New York Times report citing a law enforcement and a prison official, the guards responsible have been placed on leave and the warden of the jail where Epstein killed himself has been reassigned.

The announcement comes after Epstein reportedly committed suicide in his jail cell early on Saturday morning after he was taken off of suicide watch late last month and his cellmate was transferred out of the cell just hours prior to the infamous financier's death.

While the exact manner of Epstein's death has not been officially announced, another person familiar with operations at the jail said the financier was discovered in his cell with a bedsheet around his neck.

The FBI and the Department of Justice's Inspector General opened investigations into his suicide while he was in federal custody.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday there were "serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning", and said he was demanding "a thorough investigation".

"We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability".

"The victims of Epstein's worldwide sex trafficking ring deserve justice", he continues.

Two staffers who had been assigned to Epstein's unit have also been placed on administrative leave, the department said.

Accusers of the now-deceased Jeffrey Epstein are asking a federal court in Florida to tear up the multimillionaire sex offender's 2007 non-prosecution agreement that not only shielded Epstein from further prosecution, but protected his alleged co-conspirators, who federal authorities have vowed to bring to justice.

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.

According to police reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

"Those who had leverage as potential cooperators in the case now find themselves as the primary targets", said Jacob S. Frenkel, a former federal prosecutor.

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