"Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY to the Bureau's Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate", DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.
Epstein was taken off a suicide watch last month for reasons that have not been explained, and was supposed to have been checked on by a guard every 30 minutes. That person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Two staffers who were assigned to Epstein's unit at the time of his death were placed on administrative leave, the department said.
Guards at the New York City jail facility where Jeffrey Epstein is said to have killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on the alleged sex trafficker and other inmates with greater regularity than was the case, according to a Tuesday report.
The court papers were filed by attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell on behalf of two of Epstein's accusers, who were identified only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. That person likewise spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason.More news: OnePlus TV Official Name, Logo Revealed Ahead of Formal Launch
Following Epstein's death, Attorney General William Barr released the following statement: "I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody". But he had been taken off that watch at the end of July and returned to the jail's special housing unit. "The victims deserve justice, and they will get it".
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.
The manner in which he killed himself has not been officially announced.
Barket said that Tartaglione hasn't yet been contacted by investigations probing Epstein's death.
The Justice Department said the warden of another facility in upstate NY has been named the acting warden at MCC.More news: P'pines to 'fire off' diplomatic protest over Chinese survey ships, warships
The AP does not typically report on details of suicides but has made an exception because the circumstances of Epstein's death are pertinent to the investigation.
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".
All new employees are sent to a training academy in Georgia for a three-week "Introduction to Correctional Techniques" course that covers firearms, self-defense, policies and procedures. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his NY and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, allegations that could have landed him behind bars for 45 years.
In the sex-crimes case, 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.More news: Argentina’s peso, stock exchange plunge after President Mauricio Macri vote defeat