Prison Guards Put On Leave, Warden Reassigned Over Epstein’s Death

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York Monday

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Nicholas Tartaglione, an ex-Westchester cop who faces the death penalty in a quadruple homicide upstate, was being held a few cells away from Epstein on August 10, when he was found unresponsive around 6:30 a.m.

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The warden was not identified in the announcement and the department had not responded to a request to confirm the name of a person connected in other documents with the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

"Today, a medical examiner performed the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein".

Epstein, 66, was facing federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail at the federal facility where he died.

Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault. The records named powerful men who were allegedly involved in Epstein's trafficking ring.

The suspension, ordered by Attorney General William Barr, came a day after he criticised the jail's "failure". He was speaking at a police conference in New Orleans.

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Epstein, whose case has raised questions about whether he received preferential treatment in the past from Justice Department officials, was found hanging in his jail cell Saturday morning, according to people familiar with the matter.

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

The House Judiciary Committee demanded answers from the Bureau of Prisons about Epstein's death.

The convicted sex offender was on suicide watch just days before his death after a recent attempt on his own life. He was then placed on suicide watch.

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"How does someone who is this high profile commit suicide?" The warden would also have to approve it, according to NBC News.

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Authorities are most likely turning their attention to the team of recruiters and employees who, according to police reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation records and court documents, knew about Epstein's penchant for teenage girls and lined up victims for him. Epstein was also reportedly suppose to have a cellmate, but his was transferred on Friday and not replaced.

"Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein".

Barr said Monday investigators were learning of "serious irregularities" at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

A charterboat captain told the Consortium Monday that a dozen or more agents staged at the National Park dock on St. John for the short ride aboard fast-crafts to Mr. Epstein's island.

Epstein, 66, was charged on 8 July 2019 by the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. "According to Reuters, There are Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducting enforcement operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands", said Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Guillermo Gonzalez, declining further comment.

Little St James Island has gained a variety of sinister nicknames over the years, including "Paedophile Island" and 'Orgy Island'.

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