The two guards that were charged to watch over convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein were discovered to have engaged in a coverup of his death.
The guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein, apparently fell asleep during the time he committed suicide. Then to cover up their negligence the guards falsified records so that they would not be held accountable.
Here is more from The New York Times:
“The two correctional officers in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required.”
“Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime,” officials involved in the investigation told The Times.
One of the staff members was a former correctional officer who had taken a different position at the detention center that did not involve guarding detainees. He had volunteered to work again as a correctional officer for the extra overtime pay, a law enforcement official and an employee at the jail said.
The second officer, a woman who was assigned to that wing, had been ordered to work overtime because the jail was short staffed.
James Petrucci, the warden at a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., has been named acting warden of the Manhattan jail, officials said.
“It makes me angry that they reassigned the warden,” Jose Rojas, who works in the prison employees’ union said to The Times.
“They didn’t put him on administrative leave like the others. The warden made the call to take Epstein off suicide watch and to remove his cellmate. That is egregious,” he said.
Since Saturday, Mr. Barr has been briefed multiple times a day on the inquiries into Mr. Epstein’s death, a Justice Department official said.
In addition to the investigations by the Justice Department, the inspector general and the F.B.I., two other reviews of Mr. Epstein’s death were underway, a Justice Department official said.
A team of psychologists from the Bureau of Prisons visited the Manhattan jail on Tuesday to review each step of the decision to take Mr. Epstein off suicide watch.
On Wednesday, an “after-action team” — led by the bureau’s Southeast regional director — is scheduled to be at the prison to determine whether employees and officials followed protocols in the days and weeks before Mr. Epstein died, the official said.
BREAKING: The two guards who were allegedly responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein when he committed suicide reportedly "fell asleep" and "then falsified records to cover up their mistake" https://t.co/g4yFx4e7IO
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 14, 2019