Multiple reports show that criminal charges are expected for the two correctional men responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he died from suicide back in August. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the charges are related to the falsification of prison records.
The report confirms that this set of criminal charge would be the first connected to Epstein’s death. He died from suicide in New York while in custody within the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Epstein was waiting to go on trial for charges associated with the sexual abuse of teenage girls.
The two officers were ordered to check on Epstein every 30 minutes in his unit within the federal jail. Even though they failed to follow this order, there were fabricated log entries claiming that they did check on him as instructed. The Associated Press reported that the guards were offered a plea deal by federal prosecutors but turned it down.
Both correctional officers worked overtime on the day of Epstein’s death due to staffing shortages within the prison. While the case was under investigation, both guards were put on administrative leave.
Epstein was initially placed under suicide watch in late July after he was discovered lying on his cell floor with a bruised neck. He was removed from suicide watch nearly one week before his death. This status change led to a reduction of his monitoring, but the order to check on him every 30 minutes remained intact.
The financier submitted a not guilty plea to the charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of teenage girls in the early 2000s in Florida and New York.
The Justice Department has assured the public that the aggressive investigation will continue with the goal of bringing charges against anyone that possibly assisted Epstein. Any staff member indicted by the grand jury for this case will be placed on an unpaid and indefinite suspension until it is resolved.
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